Baby allowed to die in clinic?

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Hialeah, Fla. — Police have closed an abortion clinic while investigating a report a baby was born but allowed to die after a failed abortion.

An 18-year-old woman told police she gave birth to a boy July 20 at the A Gynecologists Diagnostic Center, The Miami Herald reported. "Employees cut the umbilical cord, put the baby in a bag and walked away," Hialeah Lt. Ralph Gracia said, according to Channel 4, the CBS television affiliate in Miami.

An anonymous phone caller told the police a baby had been born at the clinic, but authorities were unable to find a child when they arrived, Channel 4 reported. A call July 21 prompted the police to return to the clinic, where they found the body of a dead baby in a biohazard bag, according to Channel 4.

The baby weighed two to three pounds and was about 12 inches long, according to the report. The woman who gave birth was about 23 weeks pregnant, The Herald reported.

An autopsy was performed on the dead child July 29, but the results may not be available for several days or weeks, according to The Herald.

"In 24 years in law enforcement, I have never seen a case like this," said lead investigator Tony Rodriguez of the Hialeah Police Department.


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