A fetus was discovered by a worker at a sewage treatment plant in Stamford on Saturday, police said.
Now, the search is on for the mother.
Investigators said that the fetus was about five to six months along and was found in two pieces wrapped up with other tissue products inside a dumpster at the waste water plant.
Workers told Eyewitness News that big items are screened out and go through tube right into dumpsters at the plant that serves Stamford, Greenwich and Darien.
They said they knew exactly what they found when they saw it.
Police said the fetus was flushed down toilet within about 24 hours from when it was found on Saturday.
"It's very heartbreaking," said English Drakeford of Stamford.
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner ruled that fetus was not viable.
"Just to flush them down the toilet, put them in the sewage system," Drakeford said. "That's barbaric."
Police told Eyewitness News that they are working with the Office of Chief Medical Examiner and will be using DNA from the fetus to determine the mother.
"At this point, we can't tell if it was male or female," said Lt. Diedrich Hohn, Stamford police.
The state medical examiner performed an autopsy and right away ruled that the child was not yet born and the mother likely had a miscarriage. Still, police said the mother should have contacted a doctor or hospital when it happened because she could be dealing with health issues.
That's why officers are trying to get the word out. The mother won't face any charges if it was, in fact, a miscarriage.
"Just in case the mother is experiencing vaginal bleeding and she's afraid to go to the doctor because of what happened, we do encourage her to get to the hospital to get checked out," Hohn said.
If police learn that the baby was born and alive at one point, the mother could face criminal charges.
"I hope things work out for the mother because she has to feel something because me as a father, it's heartbreaking," Drakeford said.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 203-977-4444.
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