Police find 5 fetuses inside a DC home

Yellow crime tape blocks off an area near a mall parking area where two Baltimore city police officers were shot and a suspect was killed as a U.S. Marshals’ task force served a warrant, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Baltimore, Md. The police officers were taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center with injuries that aren’t thought to be life-threatening, county police spokeswoman Joy Stewart said.( (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)(AP/Jose Luis Magana)

D.C. police found five fetuses at a home Wednesday after they got a tip regarding potential biohazard material.

The fetuses were found in a home on Sixth Street Southeast and were collected by the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Television station WUSA9 captured video of police searching the house, which reportedly belongs to woman who was part of a group accused of traveling to D.C. and blocking access to a reproductive health center in 2020.

Nine people, including the homeowner, were charged with federal civil rights offenses in that incident. Prosecutors said they blocked access to the health center and streamed it on Facebook.

Those charges include violations of a federal law known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or the FACE Act, which prohibits physically obstructing or using the threat of force to intimidate or interfere with a person seeking reproductive health services, The Associated Press reported.

The homeowner told WUSA9, which first reported the discovery, that “people will freak out when they hear” what detectives found inside her house.

D.C. police said the investigation is ongoing. Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict, of the D.C. police, said at a news conference Thursday afternoon that the fetuses “were aborted in accordance with D.C. law. So we are not investigating this incident along those lines.”

He added that there “doesn’t be anything criminal in nature right now about that, except for how they got into this house. And so we’re continuing to look at that.”

He wouldn’t confirm whose house it was.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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