Two children playing in a field led investigators to five cardboard boxes containing 30 human fetuses, sheriff’s deputies said Saturday.
“It appears that they might have come from an abortion clinic,” said Sgt. Paul Cappitelli of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
The children found the first box at about 5:30 p.m. Friday; one of the children told a parent, who called police, he said.
Deputies found four more boxes, each sealed with duct tape and each containing six fetuses, Cappitelli said.
The 3-by-5-foot boxes lacked identifiable markings. Each fetus was stored in a sterilized, plastic container, he said.
The fetuses appeared to be in early stages of development, he said.
It was not immediately known where they came from or why they came to be in the field just west of Highway 71, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.
Investigators were focusing on the possibility that the fetuses were taken from an abortion clinic and abandoned in the field, Cappitelli said.
Investigators were seeking information from clinics that arranged for fetus disposal within the last week, Cappitelli said.