AP Just Can't Bring Itself to Call Dead Baby Found in Bag at Victoria's Secret a 'Baby'

By now you've likely heard about the woman caught with a dead baby in her bag while shopping at a Victoria's Secret in Manhattan.

Despite revelations that Tiona Rodriguez suffocated her child shortly after its birth, the Associated Press refuses to call it a baby (emphasis added):

An autopsy of a fetus found in a teenage girl's shopping bag at a New York City lingerie store was inconclusive, and more tests will be needed to determine how the fetus died, the city medical examiner's office says. [...]

Preliminary reports from detectives suggest the fetus was born alive and possibly had been asphyxiated, but chief New York Police Department spokesman John McCarthy said that the case was still being investigated and that police were awaiting the medical examiners' determination of the cause of death. [...]

The case began Thursday when a security guard stopped two 17-year-old girls to examine their bags at a Victoria's Secret store in midtown Manhattan. The guard found the dead fetus in one of the bags.

The girl who had been carrying the bag containing the fetus told detectives she had delivered a day earlier and didn't know what to do, authorities said.


So, despite the preliminary reports that the baby was "born alive and possibly had been asphyxiated," the AP four times referred to it as a fetus.

According to the New York Daily News, "an autopsy revealed that her baby boy was born alive, nearly full term at eight months."

As such, Rodriguez might end up being charged with murder.

But the pro-abortion folks at the AP - and likely throughout most of the media - probably don't want that, and would prefer readers to believe the child was a fetus that Rodriguez merely aborted.

Sadly, this isn't the first time the AP refused to call a baby a baby. The wire service did so in 2010 when a pregnant Massachusetts woman lost her child in a gruesome beating at a nail salon.

I guess it's just too tough for folks at the AP to call a baby a baby.

(HT Weasel Zippers)

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.