HOUSTON, Texas — A dead baby found in a Texas high school bathroom this week has been autopsied by a medical examiner.
Custodians found the fetus when they were cleaning the school restrooms about 9 p.m. Wednesday evening. Police officers were immediately contacted.
The school district says it will cooperate with other law enforcement agencies as their own investigation progresses with Pasadena ISD police.
A school district spokesperson said during a press conference that “It was an infant…you might refer to it as a fetus,” she was reported to have said.
The fetus was found at South Houston High School in South Houston, a city located in-between Houston and Pasadena, Texas.
The mother of the child has been identified and Pasadena Independent School District officials say the mother has received medical care.
A twist in the story is that according to school officials and local law enforcement officers, the family of the girl and the girl filed a report with the Houston Police Department (HPD).
A spokesperson with HPD said that the teenage student and her mother filed a criminal complaint last July. It is unknown at this time whether the baby found in the restroom can be tied to this criminal complaint. Moreover, authorities have not revealed the gestational age of the fetus.
The HPD official said the man who is the source of the complaint is in his early 20s. The official confirmed with Breitbart Texas that the crime alleged is sexual assault of a child.
When news first became known of the incident, the school district did not know the age of the fetus or whether the baby was born alive or dead.
A spokeswoman with the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences told Breitbart Texas on Friday that an autopsy has now been performed on the baby. She said however, “The cause and manner of death are pending as the case is under investigation by the medical examiner to determine the exact cause.” She added, “No findings are available for release until that investigation is concluded and the cause of death is determined.”
School officials released a statement that said, “We encourage parents to use this tragedy to talk to their children and remind them that they are not alone. When students have concerns, whether medical, social or academic, they should talk to an adult. Students can always talk to a teacher, counselor, principal or assistant principal who will guide them to the help they need.”
Lana Shadwick is a writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. She has served as an associate judge and prosecutor. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2