‘Baby Francis,’ an unborn child found amid sewage, finally laid to rest

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June 12, 2015

A casket containing the body of a fetus found abandoned five months ago in the collection area of a wastewater treatment plant rests on a portable pine altar June 10 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Providence, R.I. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence celebrated a burial service that day for the unborn child. (CNS photo/ Rick Snizek, Rhode Island Catholic) See FRANCIS June 12, 2015.

A casket containing the body of a fetus found abandoned five months ago in the collection area of a wastewater treatment plant rests on a portable pine altar June 10 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Providence, R.I. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence celebrated a burial service that day for the unborn child. (CNS photo/ Rick Snizek, Rhode Island Catholic)

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) — Finally, “Baby Francis” is resting in peace.

In a simple, but dignified ceremony June 10 in a section of Gate of Heaven Cemetery set aside for the repose of babies, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence presided over a Christian burial service for the unborn child he named “Francis,” fulfilling a commitment he made to officials five months ago after a fetus was found floating amid the sewage at a nearby wastewater treatment facility.

A tiny white casket, with “Baby Francis 2015” inscribed on a gold plaque affixed to one end, and flanked by flowers and a small teddy bear, rested upon a portable pine altar as the burial service was conducted under a brilliant blue sky.

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