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PSP: ‘No criminal violations noted’ after fetus found in a jar

April 27, 2011

SYKESVILLE — Police say “no criminal violations were noted” following the discovery of a human fetus in a Mason jar at an apartment in Sykesville.

Tuesday, DuBois-based Pennsylvania State Police said troopers were dispatched to a West Main Street apartment at 9:50 p.m. Saturday pertaining to a complaint from a landlord about a dog left without care in the apartment by tenants.

While a caretaker checked the conditions of the apartment, a Mason jar containing a human fetus was found inside the apartment, on top of a television, state police said.

Currently, Sykesville Borough Police are conducting an animal cruelty investigation, while state police seized the jar for further investigation.

After a review by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, county Coroner Bernard P. Snyder and state police, “no criminal violations were noted regarding the fetus,” state police said in a report.

According to state police, “Pennsylvania law stipulates burial for a fetus over 16 weeks gestation. This was not the case.”

The fetus was turned over to the custody of the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, and the investigation is complete, state police said.

State police did not release any names in the report, and Wednesday, District Attorney Jeff Burkett said he wasn't making any statements on the case.

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