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Investigators hope DNA solves mystery of discarded fetus

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OXFORD, Miss. (WMC-TV) - The person who dumped a fetus on a front lawn in a quiet Oxford neighborhood could face felony charges, police said. 

The male fetus, which was between four and five months developed, had no head and was already decomposing. He hadn't been buried, but simply discarded.

Police are searching for the mother.

Forensic pathologists will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause and time of death to determine if the fetus was viable, stillborn or aborted.

There's only one abortion provider in the entire state of Mississippi, and that Jackson clinic is not licensed to perform abortions past 12 weeks gestation.

Mississippi has at least three laws against fetal homicide that can result in murder or manslaughter charges.

Doctors say miscarriages are possible through the first twenty weeks of a pregnancy. But even then, state law makes it a felony to desecrate or improperly discard human remains.

Investigators hope DNA from the fetus might lead to the person responsible.

The coroner says lab results should be available in two to three weeks.


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