Friday, May 18, 2007

Pittsburgh Woman Charged With Abuse of Corpse After Baby Is Found in Her Freezer...NOT

PITTSBURGH — "A woman was charged with abuse of a corpse Thursday after police found the remains of a baby in her freezer.

Police charged Christine Hutchinson, 22, of Pittsburgh, after interviewing her Thursday evening, several hours after the remains were found in her apartment.

Officers got a tip from someone who knew Hutchinson that there was "possibly a baby that was dead and was in a freezer in an apartment in Bloomfield," a working-class neighborhood several miles east of downtown, Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki said.

Detectives found what initially appeared to be a late-term fetus in a brown bag in the freezer, police said, though it wasn't immediately clear whether the remains resulted from a miscarriage, late-term abortion or a death shortly after birth.

But later, Lt. Daniel Herrmann said the abuse of a corpse charge applies only to human beings. Under the law, he said, a fetus is not considered a human being."

This is going to be a tough one for the docs. We all know that until a baby is actually born, it is neither living nor human, and if it was a preemie then she's off the hook. Prosecuting women who give birth to then suffocate a baby is almost impossible for the same reasons. Because we all know that society doesn't care all that much about dead babies, and even sanctions killing them whenever someone so desires.

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