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Fetus Or Not, Kids Find Something Gross In South Side Park

By Sam Bakken in News on Mar 28, 2005 7:29PM

FetusWe don't get to gag much when we read the day's news, but it is very special to us when we do. Today it was extra special because we almost yacked in our mouths. If you haven't already, you may want to grab a wastebasket or air-sickness bag.

Children were scouring Rainbow Park,3432 E. 76th St., on the South Side for hidden Easter eggs on Sunday and, underneath a tree, happened upon a pale-blue bucket wrapped in a Depends pad. WBBM and NBC5 reported that inside the bucket the tykes found what was possibly a fetus and placenta. Yeeee-uhkk!

We called the medical examiner's office and were sent back and forth through their phone system. After a number of redirects, we spoke with a curt administrative assistant (she gave us her name but emphasized that it was "not for print") who told us that test results say the remains were of "unknown tissue" and that no death certificate would be issued. We asked her what this means exactly, but she let us know that she can only read "...what's on the paper."