Five officers have been placed on paid leave after one allegedly flushed a fetus down a toilet, police officials say.
Four officers responding to a call about a possible miscarriage at a motel on Monday discovered a woman who apparently lost a fetus estimated to be 12 to 14 weeks old, Police Chief George Gascon told the East Valley Tribune/Scottsdale Tribune.
Gascon said an officer who wasn't at the motel instructed the four over the phone to flush the 4-inch fetus down the toilet rather than take it to a hospital.
A supervisor reading incident reports came across details about the fetus' disposal and shared them with a superior.
All five officers were placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation, Gascon said.