Fetus Found On Airplane, Investigators Question 14-Year-Old

HOUSTON (AP) -- Investigators have questioned a 14-year-old girl they suspect delivered a fetus found dead in a restroom on a Continental Airlines plane, police said Monday.

Preliminary autopsy results indicated the fetus was stillborn and not viable, police said.

Police were called to Bush Intercontinental Airport after a cleaning crew found the fetus in a wastebasket in the bathroom about 15 minutes after the plane landed Sunday afternoon.

The Boeing 737 landed in Houston on a nonstop flight from New York's LaGuardia Airport. The plane, which was about 30 minutes late, carried 144 passengers and six crew members.

"We talked to a number of passengers and located a particular juvenile we are questioning," Houston police spokesman John Cannon said. "The juvenile has possible involvement as the one who gave birth."

Police questioned the girl late Sunday night. Cannon said he did not immediately know where she was from.

"We are trying to make determinations of where and when this occurred, how long into the flight," Cannon said. "All indications are it occurred sometime on the flight."

Julie King, a spokeswoman for Houston-based Continental Airlines, declined to comment Monday.


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