Shoplifting case dropped against New York City teen found with baby's remains in shopping bag


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NEW YORK — A judge has dismissed a shoplifting case against a New York City teenager found with a baby's remains in a shopping bag. But it remains unclear whether she may face charges in the baby's death.

Prosecutors conceded Thursday that time had run out to try the misdemeanor theft case.

The girl was accused of taking a $45 pair of pants at a Victoria's Secret store in October 2013. Police said a security guard searched the then-17-year-old's bags and found the dead baby.

Medical examiners ruled the baby's death a homicide. Manhattan prosecutors have said they're investigating whether further charges are warranted.

Defense lawyer Earl Ward says the baby was stillborn. Authorities said the girl told detectives she delivered a day earlier and didn't know what to do with the baby.

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