Employees Find Dead Newborn Baby Abandoned in Bathroom of Local Bar

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 20, 2013   |   11:13AM   |   Washington, DC

Employees of a local bar made a gruesome discovery Monday morning when they found the dead body of a newborn baby in the bathroom.

Employees of the Starters Pub in Lower Saucon Township, Pennsylvania found what they describe as a “fetus in the bathroom.” Starters Pub owner David Rank fought tears as he described the body of the lifeless infant to local news reporters.

“Having a problem flushing the toilet,” he said. “Inside the [toilet] tank was a fetus.”

Police processed the scene, removing items from the restaurant, playing close attention to the rear of the building and looking inside a nearby dumpster. The man who made the discovery described the baby as big. Rank said he doesn’t know who the mother is, but he’s very worried about her health.

“I just feel bad for the mother and the child. That’s who you feel bad for, and your employees. For anyone, this has to be tough,” Rank said.

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Representatives of the state pro-life group say whoever abandoned the baby had another option.

“If you live in Central Pennsylvania, chances are you have heard about the tragic Lancaster County incident where a teenager gave birth in a school bathroom and threw her baby in the trash,” Micaiah Bilger, the Education Director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation said. “Officials say the baby was a boy at seven months gestation. They do not know yet whether he was born alive.”

“This story reminds me just how much we need to get the word out about the help available to pregnant women and new mothers in desperate situations,” Bilger adds. “Pennsylvania has a safe haven law to help new mothers in crisis. The law allows a woman who feels she can’t take care of her baby to drop off the newborn (up to 28 days old) at a health care facility, no questions asked.”

“Please help spread the word that help is available, whether mothers want to keep their baby, give it up for adoption, or feel they can’t take care of it,” Bilger concludes.