The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 30, 2013

Deputies say test results critical in fetus case

By MARK TODD - mtodd@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

JEFFERSON — A woman who talked to Ashtabula County sheriff’s investigators about a fetus found in an Ashtabula Township attic this week provided worthwhile information, Detective Lt. Terry Moisio said Friday.

Moisio declined to say what the 28-year-old woman told deputies or detail her involvement in the case, but did say she was cooperative and “answered all the questions asked of her.”

On Tuesday morning, deputies were contacted by an Avon Boulevard man who said he found the fetus in a plastic bag in the attic of his house. The man had dated a woman who moved out of the house earlier this month, deputies have said.

Detectives can’t really proceed with charges until information is obtained from the Cuyahoga County medical examiner’s office. One key element is the approximate age of the fetus, since the state of Ohio doesn’t legally recognize a fetus as a human being until a specific time, he said.

“We are awaiting toxicology and other reports (from the examiner),” Moisio said. “We want to determine if something else contributed to this (situation). There is the potential for criminal charges.”

Deputies plan to discuss the case next week with county prosecutors, Moisio said. “We’re trying to pin this down with the prosecutors,” he said.