A dead and burned fetus is found by police at Phoenix’s largest homeless camp

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A married couple finds a dead, burned fetus in Phoenix’s largest homeless camp while trying to put out a fire.

Arizona police received a call around 1 a.m. Saturday about an endangered child near West Madison Avenue. When they arrived at the scene, they found the burned fetus, which was about 20 to 24 weeks old, according to police.

A witness told a neighbor that he and his fiancée saw someone starting a fire in the street. Then the couple tried to erase it upon seeing the little corpse.

The homeless crisis in Phoenix has increased since the pandemic reached 3,096 this year.

“[He told me] His fiancée came and tried to put out the fire and then he trampled on her to put it out and there was a baby inside,” Joel Coplin told 12 News.

“He saw the head, a well-formed head, two little arms, two hands, two legs, and a chest. He grabbed his fiancée and turned away so she wouldn’t see, and freaked out. Call 911.”

The fetus was declared dead at the scene.

Arizona police discovered a dead, burned fetus from a homeless camp around 1 a.m. Saturday

Arizona police discovered a dead, burned fetus from a homeless camp around 1 a.m. Saturday

A couple saw someone lighting a fire and ran to put it out when they spotted the fetus

A couple saw someone lighting a fire and ran to put it out when they spotted the fetus

The discovery took place at the largest homeless camp in Phoenix, which was home to about 1,000 people

The discovery took place at the largest homeless camp in Phoenix, which was home to about 1,000 people

The Phoenix homeless camp where the fetus was found, known by some as “The Zone,” is one of the many expanding tent cities in the Arizona capital that has grown during the pandemic.

Coplin’s house overlooks the streets near where the fetus was discovered. He wasn’t completely shocked by this discovery.

“Anything can happen here,” Coplin told the news outlet. “Here we are in The Zone, and anything and everything happens.”

As of 1 October, around 1,000 homeless people are currently sleeping in the camp2 letters.

A lawsuit was recently filed over camp conditions and heard in court last month — after landowners filed a lawsuit earlier this year.

City officials also said they were working on a solution to the homeless crisis — and suggested opening a new homeless shelter.

The police arrived at the camp and declared the fetus dead at the scene - that was around 20 to 24 weeks

The police arrived at the camp and declared the fetus dead at the scene – that was around 20 to 24 weeks

Phoenix homeless camp where the fetus was found, known to some as

The Phoenix homeless camp where the fetus was found, known by some as “The Zone,” is one of the expanding tent cities that grew during the pandemic.

City officials also said they were working on a solution to the homeless crisis — and suggested opening a new homeless shelter.

City officials also said they were working on a solution to the homeless crisis — and suggested opening a new homeless shelter.

Thousands of people were reported homeless in Phoenix during the 2020 pandemic, with faeces and litter leaking all over The Zone, near apartment buildings and fine restaurants.

According to city officials, the last homeless count in Phoenix was 3,096. Rising rents and a pandemic have been the main cause of the increase since 2020, when 2,380 homeless were reported.

Phoenix officials have committed $50 million to help address the homeless crisis and plan to spend $27.9 million on new housing for 100 people and 175 new beds at Central Arizona shelter services. The money will also go to a home for veterans.

Officials will also spend $4.7 million on rapid resettlement for all, $8.3 million on outreach services, and $9 million on psychiatric services, according to the city’s website.