No charges against Ariz. police in flushing fetus


Associated Press

PHOENIX — Prosecutors in Arizona won't file charges against five Mesa police officers for their role in flushing a stillborn fetus down a toilet.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office determined a crime wasn't committed last month when an officer flushed the 4-inch fetus down a toilet in a motel room.

Sgt. Bryan Soller, president of the state and Mesa chapters of the Fraternal Order of Police, says county officials contacted Mesa police Wednesday to tell them of their decision.

Officers and Mesa fire personnel responded in June to a Motel 6, where they found a woman had miscarried. One of the officers photographed the fetus, which fire officials reportedly declined to take, then flushed it.

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