NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A judge has dismissed a shoplifting case against a Brooklyn teenager found with a baby’s remains in a shopping bag. But it remains unclear whether she may face charges in the infant’s death.
Prosecutors conceded Thursday that time had run out to try the misdemeanor theft case.
Tiona Rodriguez, then 17, was accused of stealing a $45 pair of pants at the Victoria’s Secret store at Herald Square in October 2013. Police said a security guard searched the girl’s bags and found the dead baby.
The medical examiner’s office ruled that the cause of death was asphyxia, and the manner of death was a homicide.
Defense lawyer Earl Ward says the baby was stillborn. The girl told detectives she delivered a day earlier and didn’t know what to do with the baby, authorities said.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
[display-posts category=”news” posts_per_page=”4″]
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)