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Abuse charge dropped in Bloomfield miscarriage case

| Wednesday, June 6, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

A charge filed against a Bloomfield woman who suffered a miscarriage and put the fetus in a freezer will be dismissed, her attorney and a spokesman for the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

Christine Hutchinson, 22, of Liberty Avenue, was charged with abuse of a corpse and concealing the death of a child. Mike Manko, a spokesman for the district attorney, said that after additional research, prosecutors decided she should be charged only with concealing the death of a child.

However, Hutchinson's attorney, Lawrence Fisher, released a statement saying that he and the district attorney agreed "the remaining charge ... will be dismissed after Ms. Hutchinson receives a correct course of counseling." Hutchinson had the miscarriage in April, and the fetus was found last month.

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