A dead baby was found on an American Airlines flight at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday morning, and investigators now believe the baby died after an 18-year-old girl received a botched abortion while in Jamaica.
The airport’s cleaning crew found the dead baby in the Airbus A321’s bathroom Tuesday around 7:30 a.m during a routine cleaning while the plane sat at LaGuardia airport in New York, The New York Post reported Wednesday. The baby, who was found in the bottom of the toilet, was three to six months along in the pregnancy, police reported.
After speaking to a girl who had rushed to the bathroom claiming it was an “emergency,” police determined she — who remains anonymous — had been given some kind of medication at a clinic in Jamaica and then boarded a flight to the U.S.
Sources allege that the girl and her twin sister rushed to the airplane’s lavatory after the rest of the passengers had gotten off the plane, telling the aircraft’s crew that it was an emergency. A flight attendant also told police that the girl looked sick after she came out of the bathroom.
The teen checked into Kings County Hospital Tuesday, and doctors determined she had likely experienced a botched abortion, according to The New York Post.
The girl maintains that she did not know she was pregnant. “She is a good girl,” the twins’ grandmother told The New York Post, saying she was shocked to hear the news. No family members knew the girl was pregnant. A neighbor also said that the girls’ mother is “very strict.”
It is not yet clear whether the teen knew she was having an abortion in Jamaica or if the unborn baby died before she visited the clinic.
Authorities will not file charges until more about the cause of death is determined.