New report details cause of death for fetus found in trash

AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Honolulu Medical Examiner has released the final autopsy report for a fetus found in a garbage can at Napuanani Park in Aiea in January.

According to the report, the fetus was an estimated 20 weeks gestational age, which is considered nonviable outside the womb. The Deputy Medical Examiner said there is no evidence the baby was born alive, and the cause of death was prematurity and congenital pneumonia with probable sepsis.

The fetus was found in a trash can near a playground just after 7 a.m. on Jan. 31. Aiea resident, Rick Sanford, was collecting recyclables when he found the box and brought it home. That's where he discovered the undeveloped baby boy inside.

At the time, Sanford told Hawaii News Now the box was painted white and had the words "love" "forget me not" and "forever" written on it in blue. The fetus was also carefully wrapped, he said.

Nearly six weeks after the discovery, the final autopsy report reveals the mother did come forward. According to the Deputy Medical Examiner, she reported the incident to Honolulu Police sometime after it happened, telling them she was experiencing cramps and delivered the baby into a toilet.  No other details were provided.

Toxicology tests show no sign of drugs, and the manner of death has been deemed natural.

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