Monday, March 03, 2008


Another "fetus" story

"an unborn or unhatched vertebrate especially after attaining the basic structural plan of its kind; specifically : a developing human from usually two months after conception to birth"

Is it just me or does it seem like the media really like to get it wrong with their obsession on
the word fetus?

Human fetus found at sewage plant

posted by: Colleen Locke , Producer
created: 3/3/2008 6:06:51 PM
Last updated: 3/3/2008 6:08:03 PM

COMMERCE CITY - Police say what appears to be a human fetus was found at the Metro Waste Reclamation District Sunday morning.

Workers found the fetus in a device used to filter sewage around 9:30 a.m.

Commerce City Police say they believe they know who was responsible for putting the fetus at the facility. Police officers reached Monday could not give any information about the suspect because the investigation is ongoing.

The fetus has been turned over to the Adams County Coroner's Office.

If the fetus is determined to not have been viable, meaning it never drew air, police say potential charges could be abuse of a corpse or concealment of death. If the fetus did draw air, the charges could be more serious.

This 9News Denver story is a classic example of the ongoing effort to dehumanize the pre-born, in
my opinion.

How hard would it be to call this poor tiny one found in the sewer what he or she clearly was -
a baby whose mother thought so little of him or her that she threw the baby in with the city's effluent.

Tragic loss and tragic that the news is so stuck in their denial of the humanity and dignity of innocent,
pre-born human life.

ABC News
Once in Coma, Girl May Testify Against Alleged Attacker
Doctors Said Haleigh Poutre Would Never Recover; Two Years Later, She May Testify in Court

March 3, 2008 —

More than two years after Haleigh Poutre was so brutally beaten she was left in a coma from which she was never expected to revive, the 14-year-old girl may be well enough to testify against the man accused of abusing her.

Haleigh, who was once thought to be so irreversibly brain damaged that doctors planned to remove her from life support, has spent the last two years recovering at the Franciscan Hospital for Children near Boston.

She began breathing on her own and showing other signs of brain activity in January 2006, just days before doctors planned to remove her ventilator.

Now, she is reportedly able to communicate and recall her alleged attack.

Her recovery may set up a dramatic confrontation if she takes the witness stand and testifies against her stepfather, Jason Strickland, who is accused of beating her into a coma in September 2005.

It was Strickland who fought to keep Haleigh alive in late 2005 when the Massachusetts Department of Social Services sought to remove her from life support.

"It's nothing short of phenomenal to have someone who is essentially given up for dead survive this and come out of a coma and be able to articulate what happened to her," said Tim Burke, a former prosecutor and longtime criminal defense lawyer in Boston.

According to court documents filed by Strickland's defense attorney, Haleigh has made abuse allegations against her stepfather. Court papers asking to postpone Strickland's trial say his attorney, Alan Black, has received new child abuse reports from the district attorney's office.

"It appears from [the report] that the victim is now making statements alleging abuse by the defendant," the papers say.

"This creates issues concerning competency and her ability to testify and recall events in light of her severe head trauma," say the court papers, which were first reported last week by the Boston Globe and the Springfield Republican.

The prospect of seeing Haleigh on the witness stand disturbs her biological mother, who gave up custody of her daughter when the girl was 4 and who has been barred from visiting her by the Department of Social Services.

"I'm worried about her emotional state," Allison Avrett, who now says she regrets relinquishing custody, told ABC News. "I don't think she should have to relive this."

Among all the relatives and doctors who have moved in and out of Haleigh's short life, it appears that Strickland may in fact deserve the most credit for keeping her alive.

Haleigh was brought to the hospital Sept. 11, 2005, by Strickland and Haleigh's aunt, who was also her adopted mother. Haleigh, then 11, was comatose and covered in bruises, court records say; her body temperature had dropped to 85 degrees.

The Massachusetts DSS was given custody of the girl and in October 2005 sought to remove her from life support.

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