Prosecutors in Arizona won't file charges against five Mesa police officers for their role in flushing a stillborn fetus down a toilet.
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office determined a crime wasn't committed last month when an officer flushed the 4-inch fetus down a toilet in a motel room.
Sgt. Bryan Soller, president of the state and Mesa chapters of the Fraternal Order of Police, says county officials contacted Mesa police Wednesday to tell them of their decision.
Officers and Mesa fire personnel responded in June to a Motel 6, where they found a woman had miscarried. One of the officers photographed the fetus, which fire officials reportedly declined to take, then flushed it.
The officers have returned to the job.
Police in Arizona say five officers have been placed on paid leave after one allegedly flushed a fetus down a toilet.
Mesa Police Chief George Gascon says four officers responding to a call about a possible miscarriage at a motel on Monday discovered a woman who apparently lost a fetus estimated to be 12 to 14 weeks old.
Gascon says an officer who wasn't at the motel instructed the four over the phone to flush the 4-inch fetus down the toilet rather than take it to a hospital.
A supervisor who was reading incident reports came across details about the disposal of the fetus and shared them with a superior.
Gascon says all five officers were placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
He says police plan to forward the case to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to see if prosecutors recommend charges.
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