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Jan 3, 2017

Fetus Found Stuffed in Large Coffee Bottle Near Mopan River

The New Year is considered a time for new beginnings, mostly summarized with the appearances of babies. But one baby boy didn’t make it to 2017. Benque Viejo Police were called to the riverside near the Town Hall on New Year’s Eve afternoon and made a heart-breaking discovery. The fetus’ remains were wrapped in a plastic bag, which was stashed inside a large coffee bottle and laid to rest along the quiet banks of the Mopan River. However, deputy officer in charge of Benque Viejo Police, Inspector Stanley Bowden, today warned that it is a criminal offence to dispose of a fetus in this manner. Police are working to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Stanley Bowden

Insp. Stanley Bowden, Deputy O.C., Benque Viejo Sub-Formation

“On Saturday the thirty-first of December, 2016, about four-fifteen p.m., Benque Viejo Police, acting on information received, visited the banks of the Mopan River – this is on Riverside Street in Benque Viejo Town. Upon their arrival, they found a large transparent coffee bottle, glass, with brown cover, which contained a black in color plastic bag. Inside the plastic bag, police observed a fully-formed fetus, believed to be that of a male gender. It was retrieved; the scene was processed. It was taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital, where [a] doctor pronounced the fetus dead.”



“Other than the fact that it is not safe to dispose of a baby that way – a fetus that way – are there any criminal charges attached to an act like this, again not prejudging anything?”


Insp. Stanley Bowden

“Yes, it is a criminal offence. Of course, the investigation is still in the infancy stage. We will have to continue to conduct our investigation, a file will be compiled and later on sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions. But definitely, if we come across the mother, we will await a directive from the D.P.P. when that time comes. But it is a criminal offence.”


According to Inspector Bowden, there was no sign of injury to the fetus or any blood or other suspicious items in the immediate area. A post-mortem examination is scheduled for Wednesday in San Ignacio to determine cause of death. It is the first such instance of fetus disposal in the Benque Viejo jurisdiction in at least the last two and a half years, as known to Police.

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