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N.Y. teen found with fetus at store

NEW YORK — Police say a dead baby found in a teenage girl’s shopping bag at a New York lingerie store was born alive and then asphyxiated.

Police disclosed the findings Friday. The city medical examiner’s office said an autopsy was inconclusive and more tests are needed.

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Police believe 17-year-old Tiana Rodriguez gave birth to the baby at a friend’s house and that the infant was later asphyxiated.

The remains were discovered Thursday when a security guard stopped Rodriguez and her friend Francis Estevez at a Victoria’s Secret store.

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Both girls were arrested on petit larceny charges. Rodriguez may face more serious charges. It was unclear whether either girl has a lawyer.

Associated Press

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