Couple tries to print dead fetus picture at Lehigh Acres store
CREATED May. 17, 2012 - UPDATED: May. 17, 2012
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a young hispanic couple tries to print a photo of a dead fetus at a Walmart store.
"We wanna get down to how this picture came about," Lee Co. Sheriff's Office spokesperson SGT. David Velez said.
According to a sheriff's office report, a young hispanic couple was trying to print some pictures at the self-service machine at the Walmart store on Lee Blvd in Lehigh Acres Tuesday night.
The couple was having trouble and asked a worker for help. The worker discovered the picture of a fetus the couple had printed. Documents detail the picture showed a male fetus with an attached placenta lying face down in the road.
"The employee thought the picture was questionable," Velez said. "Due to the policy of the store, (she) would not release the picture. she did the right thing."
Documents show the couple argued with the clerk when she wouldn't give them the pic.
The woman told the clerk that she didn't understand because the picture was taken in Puerto Rico. The couple then left the store and law enforcement was later alerted.
"We do have a copy of a picture but we don't have the identities of the people who were trying to make a copy of that." Velez said. "We would like to talk to them."
"At what point does a picture become a law enforcement issue?" Hogan asked Velez.
"Clearly, if anything looks like it's illegial in nature, or a crime of any sort," he said. "If a picture is or not a picture of good moral character."
"What is the message for people developing pictures, what should they be doing or not doing with their photos?" Hogan asked velez.
"The reality is we know what is decent. We don't want pictures that are inappropriate," he said.
Law enforcement says the clerk did the right thing by not giving the photo back and contacting authorities.
If you come across any obscene images or photos, you need to contact your local law enforcement.
Colleen Hogan, reporter