SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA) — An investigation is underway after someone made the shocking discovery of a fetus at a San Fernando Valley grocery store Wednesday afternoon.
The witness found the fetus in a toilet inside the Ralphs supermarket located at 14440 Burbank Blvd. in Sherman Oaks at around 3 p.m.
At a press conference, the Los Angeles Police Dept. said it is still not clear if a crime was committed or if this was the result of a medical emergency.
“Currently, detectives from our juvenile division are here at [the] scene investigating whether to see what, if any, crime we have here at the location,” Sgt. Hector Guzman told reporters. Using surveillance footage, police found the woman was found at a nearby hospital where she was being treated.
“What happened? Was it a miscarriage, was it a baby that was actually delivered? They would determine in that situation whether there is a crime or not,” said Guzman.
Shoppers expressed mixed feelings about the incident and what the woman might have been experiencing.
“Honestly, it’s kind of difficult to have compassion for that type of situation, but I imagine that she must’ve been going through her own personal hell,” Laura Mamea told CBS2 News.
It is not clear if the woman is a supermarket employee or a shopper.
The fetus was estimated to be about six months from conception, the LAPD said.
The Los Angeles County Coroner was called to help in the investigation.
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