Human Fetus Found At Maui Waste Water Plant

05/29/2015 07:43 pm ET | Updated May 29, 2015
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A human fetus was found by a county worker last week at Kahului-Wailuku Waste Water Treatment Plant on Maui, according to Maui Now.

Police labeled the case non-criminal and said the seven-inch fetus was likely flushed into the sewer system following a miscarriage. No autopsy was conducted due to the size of the fetus, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The fetus was found May 22 at 1:13 p.m. in the plant's waste water catchment repository.

Police deemed the discovery non-criminal based on Hawaii law, which states that a "person" is a human being who "has been born and is alive."

The size of the fetus suggests it may have been around 16 weeks gestation, making it extremely unlikely that it could survive outside the mother's body.

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