Two Second-Trimester Unborn Babies Found Dead at Wastewater Treatment Plant

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 16, 2016   |   1:42PM   |   Charleston, SC

Officials at a wastewater treatment plant in South Carolina were shocked to find the bodies of two dead unborn babies. Authorities say they do’t know how long the babies had been in the wastewater at the plant or where they came from.

The Associated Press has more:

Authorities in South Carolina say two fetuses were found at a wastewater treatment plant on James Island.

Local news agencies report that Charleston police say a Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant employee discovered the remains Aug. 8.

Arriving officers were taken to a pump station where they found what appeared to be two “preterm” babies that had been recovered from the wastewater.

Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten says the age of the fetuses was hard to tell, but they were probably second trimester. She says it’s unlikely they could have survived on their own outside the womb.

This is not the first time dead babies have been found at such plants.

A baby boy was found dead on a moving conveyer belt at a waste recycling plant in West Yorkshire, UK two years ago. Authorities believe that the baby was born four weeks premature but alive when his mother gave birth. However, the doctors who examined the infants’ body said they thought the baby died shortly after birth.



The recycle plant worker who found the baby, Gary Normington, described how he reacted when he saw the body.

Normington said, “I took a second look and then saw what I thought was a head. I shouted to stop and a colleague pulled the cord to stop the conveyor belt. I said something like ‘It’s a baby.’ I heard someone say ‘Is it.’ I then started to feel sick. I went to sit on the stair well. I then saw the site managers. I said ‘are you sure?’ I said ‘yes.’ I knew it was obviously human when I saw its head and eyes. That image will stay with me for a long time.”

According to the Daily Mail, after the baby was discovered police began to investigate the tragedy and sent flyers to more than 35,000 local households that had waste collected that day in an attempt to find the mother. Additionally, they interviewed fifteen women as potential suspects but all were found to have given birth to healthy babies or were never pregnant at all. Tragically, a second baby was found at the same plant almost two years prior; but the first infant had no DNA connection to the boy.