Police: Cops Suspended After Fetus Flushed Down Toilet

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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  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    Here come the morality crusaders and the bible thumpers out of the woodwork.
  • by mother Location: newport on Jul 18, 2009 at 07:50 PM
    I totally agree with CAT. Why is the cop the bad guy? If you would read correctly. It states another officer realized this while reading the report. Not because the woman complained! Apparently she didn't care. In addition, do you know how many times this happens? Women miscarry all the time. Even if in a hospital, what do you think a hospital does with the product gathered from DNC's done afer a women miscarries? The don't place it in a grave! Its flushed, trashed, disposed of! Nothing in this story makes sense anyway. Why the police? What about EMS. Its a medical problem. Just plain ole' strange! If only everyone would get this outraged everytime an abortion occurs. We'd have alot less dead babies!
  • by floater Location: swimming on Jul 18, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    dont see nothing wrong with it myself. If she didnt want it flushed shouldnt have left it there, what else are you going to do with it, it was already dead geezz.
  • by Alex Location: Vanncboro on Jun 7, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    So why is is ok to flush aborted fetuses down the tiolet & not miscarried fetuses. Either it's wrong in all situations or it's not. We need to be intellectually honest. By the way, where I come from, we call it a "child!"
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 5, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    Wow! That was not the way to go. The cop who ordered the other cops to do this will probably be in some serious trouble. I bet those other four cops wished that they did not follow orders now. There will probably be a lawsuit coming out of this I expect.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Jun 5, 2009 at 02:55 AM
    You know... This story lacks a lot of details. Why did she call the cops for an obvious medical emergency? Why didn't she call EMS if she didn't want to dispose of it? Maybe she wasn't opposed to it. It was a 4 inch fetus..do you really think she was going to spend money to have a funeral for it? Odds are, she didn't know what to do with it, and probably didn't object to what the cops did. Before you go raking the cops over the coals, maybe you should ask yourself what, if anything, did the "mother" do to find or suggest another option? Yep... This story just lacks some serious & important details, but it did its job. It made some cops look bad. Congrats.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Jun 4, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    That poor woman will never be able to lay her child to rest. The police officers should all be punished regardless if they were following orders.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 4, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    Men you may not get this article, but women does. I am a woman and I am OUTRAGED by the police officers action and their insensitivity of not using "common sense". A woman miscarried, the police called and they flushed the kid. Shame on them!
  • by Barbara Location: To Anonymous on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:51 AM
    You are just as sick as these officers. I hope you don't have any children.
  • by Ashley Location: Washington on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    People are so stupid why in the world would ANYONE do something so stupid. that is a life that you just flushed down the toilet. and Anonymous if you dont think something is wrong with this then you are just as stupid!!!
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