Two dead fetuses wrapped in a blanket were discovered at the front gate of a Fallbrook home Friday evening.
Homeowner David Branford said he first mistook the bundle for a discarded doll when he saw it at about 9 a.m., leaving to do morning chores. It was placed outside his home in the 1700 block of St. Peters Drive, San Diego County Sheriff's officials say.
But when he returned at about 1:45 p.m. and looked under the blanket, he found two, nearly full-term fetuses. The fetuses were dead, fire crews confirmed.
"It's absolutely disturbing to hear something like that in a town where I live," said teen resident Joey Wallace.
According to the sheriff's department, the fetuses were at least 20 weeks old, and each still had its umbilical cord, both of which were attached to one placenta.
How and why the fetuses died has not been determined, and homicide detectives have blocked off the area as they investigate. The crime scene is down the street from St. Peter's Church.
Now, deputies are searching for the mother: someone who was recently pregnant but has no baby to show.
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"Those are your children," said resident Vanessa Carrazco. "You don't even know if they died, unless it was a miscarriage or something, but either way, it was done in a harmful way."
If you know anything about this case, call the homicide detail at 858-974-2321 or after hours at 858-565-5200.