NYPD: Teens in shop with apparent remains arrested

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A New York City police officer stands in front of the Victoria's Secret Herald Square store in midtown Manhattan, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in New York. A security guard on the lookout for shoplifters searched two teenage girls as they left the lingerie shop Thursday afternoon, and discovered one of them was carrying what appeared to be a fetus in her bag, police said. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say two teenage girls suspected of shoplifting who were found to be carrying an apparent fetus have been arrested.

Authorities say the 17-year-old girls were arrested Thursday on charges of petit larceny. One has been hospitalized and the other is being questioned by police. The medical examiner's office is performing an autopsy on the apparent human remains found inside a bag the girls were carrying. More serious charges could follow.

The girls were shopping at a Victoria's Secret lingerie store in midtown Manhattan on Thursday. Police say one of the girls told police she gave birth a day earlier but didn't know what to do with the remains. Officials say they don't think the girl gave birth at the store.

Victoria's Secret is owned by Columbus, Ohio-based Limited Brands. A spokeswoman for the company referred calls to the NYPD.