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"There is perhaps no victim more defenseless than a newborn child."

The infant's body was discovered in the bag of Tiona Rodriguez, 17, who was arrested for shoplifting at the Victoria's Secret location in Herald Square in October.

"The mother informed me that Tiona was getting threats on the Internet," her lawyer says.

Preliminary autopsy reports state the baby was born almost full-term and died of asphyxiation, and cop sources tell NBC that it had fluid in its lungs and may have drowned.

The autopsy report states that the baby died of asphyxiation soon after being born alive at full-term, and Rodriguez, the mother, may be facing additional homicide charges.

The guards noticed a strong smell from the girls' bags.