Fetus discovered in Philly sewer pipe

Feb. 21, 2012 at 6:00 PM

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Philadelphia police said they were investigating after a fetus was found inside a sewer pipe in a home in the Kensington neighborhood.

Contractors were working to fix a clogged toilet Monday in the 800 block of East Russell Street when they found the 3- to 4-month-old fetus, NBC-TV, Philadelphia, reported.

"It may not be a crime scene," Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "We're still going to look into how developed the child was. But at this point it appears that someone may have had a miscarriage."

Police spoke with a couple in their 60s who live in the home, which had a "for rent" sign outside, and said it is possible the couple rented a room to a pregnant woman.

An autopsy was performed to determine the cause of death.

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