Worker finds fetus at sewage treatment plant

By: Samantha Lavien
Slavien@abc6.com
Twitter: @samanthalavien

A fetus was discovered at the Bucklin Point Wastewater Treatment Facility in East Providence Monday afternoon.

“One of the workers that works inside of that building located it. At one point they thought it an animal then they determined it to be a human fetus,” said East Providence Police Detective Michael Spremulli.

Neighbors surrounding the facility tell ABC 6 News they are finding the discovery difficult to comprehend.

“I’m kind of devastated really so close to home that someone could actually do something like that. It hits my heart,” said Ellen Pelletier.

Police believe the fetus could have been at the plant a couple of days. Autopsy results estimate that the baby boy was between 19 and 20 weeks along.

“We don’t know if the mother’s in danger if it is a health issue. We have no idea the circumstances surrounding it and that’s what we are trying to find out,” said Spremulli.

Detective Spremulli says the plant serves the Blackstone Valley area. He says police are looking into the possibility that the fetus came from there.

“It could have been taken in through either a sewage drain or it could have been through a toilet,” said Spremulli.

At this point many questions remain unanswered.

Police are checking in with local hospitals to see if any woman came in with symptoms related to this.

“It’s emotional. I’m just hurt I can’t believe someone would do that,” said Pelletier.

Police are asking for your help. If you know anything about the fetus you are asked to contact the East Providence Detective Bureau at 401-435-7600 ext. 20024.

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