MESA, Ariz. — Police in Arizona say five officers have been placed on paid leave after one allegedly flushed a fetus down a toilet.
Mesa Police Chief George Gascon says four officers responding to a call about a possible miscarriage at a motel on Monday discovered a woman who apparently lost a fetus estimated to be 12 to 14 weeks old.
Gascon says an officer who wasn't at the motel instructed the four over the phone to flush the 4-inch fetus down the toilet rather than take it to a hospital.
A supervisor who was reading incident reports came across details about the disposal of the fetus and shared them with a superior.
Gascon says all five officers were placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
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He says police plan to forward the case to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to see if prosecutors recommend charges.