May 25, 2018
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No charges to be filed in matter of woman carrying fetus in a bag in downtown Bangor

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — No criminal charges will be filed in the case of a woman found carrying a fetus in a bag in Pickering Square last week, police said Wednesday.

“No criminal charges are pending and the case is closed,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said in reference to the fetus that was found around 2 p.m. Friday.

Edwards said the mother of the fetus has been identified. The matter involved the miscarriage of a 15-week-old fetus, according to Edwards. The sergeant did not disclose the mother’s name. She is not the same woman who was carrying the fetus in Pickering Square, police said.

Officer Dennis Townsend had responded to Pickering Square to the report of a woman carrying a human fetus in her bag, and the woman approached him carrying a plastic grocery bag with a plastic container inside of it, Edwards explained.

The woman and her male companion were cooperative with police when interviewed at the station, according to Edwards. The woman had stated to police that she is not the mother of the fetus.

Police did not disclose why the woman was walking around downtown Bangor with the fetus in her bag. The fetus was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Augusta, and the mother was identified through DNA tests.

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