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Authorities may know who left fetus in Starters Pub toilet

Police: Fetus found in toilet at Starters Pub near Bethlehem

LOWER SAUCON TWP., Pa. - A routine day took a tragic turn at restaurant in Northampton County when employees found what some described as a fetus in a bathroom.

The discovery was made around 10 a.m. Monday at Starters Pub in Lower Saucon Twp., Northampton Co.

Starters Pub owner David Rank fought back tears as he talked about the discovery, which was made during a routine cleaning of a bathroom.

"Having a problem flushing the toilet," he said. "Inside the [toilet] tank was a fetus."

Police processed the scene, removing items from the restaurant, paying close attention to the rear of the building and looking inside a nearby dumpster.

The man who made the discovery described the baby as big. Rank said he doesn't know who the mother is, but he's very worried about her health.

"I just feel bad for the mother and the child.  That's who you feel bad for, and your employees. For anyone, this has to be tough," Rank said.

Northampton County District Attorney John  Morganelli said authorities believe they know the identity of the person responsible for leaving the fetus in the toilet. But he said investigators still are working on the case.

Meanwhile, Northampton County Coroner Zach Lysek said an autopsy on the fetus was conducted Monday night. He said results are pending further testing and investigation.

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