Human fetuses discovered in wastewater at Charleston plant

Incident currently under investigation

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Charleston Water System employees discovered two human fetuses near a pump station at the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant last week.

Charleston police and the County Coroner’s Office responded to the James Island-area facility on Aug. 8 in reference to employees finding what they believed to be the body of a “possible deceased baby,” according to an incident report from the Charleston Police Department. Upon arrival, officers were taken to a pump station and shown what were described as two "preterm babies" that had been recovered from the wastewater, the report states. The Coroner’s Office was able to confirm that the employees did recover human remains, but how the remains ended up at the facility is unknown.

Charleston Water System spokesman Matt Brady said the fetuses were spotted by an employee monitoring incoming wastewater where it initially enters the plant during the very beginning stages of the treatment process. According to Brady, he is unaware of any similar incidents ever occurring at Charleston Water System facilities.

The discovery was immediately reported to the police, Brady says, and the Charleston Police Department is currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to contact Consolidated Dispatch at 843-743-7200 and ask for the on-duty detective with the Charleston Police Department.


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