Baby found in teen's shopping bag called homicide

Baby found in teen's shopping bag called homicide

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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City medical examiner has ruled that the death of a baby found in a teenager's shopping bag was a homicide.

The baby was discovered on Oct. 17 by a Victoria's Secret security guard in Manhattan.

ME spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said Wednesday the cause of the baby's death was homicidal asphyxia.

Authorities have said the girl told detectives she delivered a day earlier and didn't know what to do with the baby.

The Manhattan district attorney's office wouldn't comment on whether it plans to seek upgraded charges. One of the girl's lawyers, Earl Ward, says prosecutors hadn't yet told him of their plans.

The girl has already been charged with misdemeanor theft for alleged shoplifting. She's maintained her innocence. Her next court date is May 14.

Her friend pleaded guilty in December to disorderly conduct.

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