A strong stench had drawn police to the temple in Bangkok's
old city Tuesday, and authorities searching the mortuary ? where bodies
awaiting cremation are normally kept ? initially found more than 300
fetuses. They returned Friday to find more than five times that number,
according to police Lt. Col. Kanathud Musiganont.
Health officials, police and charity workers counted the fetuses, placing
each one in a white plastic bag bearing the charity's name in red Thai
script and Chinese characters. The group is often involved in the handling
of remains, including recovering bodies from accident scenes and organizing
As the remains were laid out, Buddhist worshippers left offerings for the
fetuses: milk and bananas to nourish their spirits in the afterlife.