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FL Man Accused of Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Fetus

Updated at 05:14 AM today

TAMARA LUSH Associated Press

TAMPA, FL (AP) - May 17, 2013 (WPVI) -- The 28-year-old son of a Florida fertility doctor has been charged by federal authorities with tricking his girlfriend into taking a pill used to induce labor and cause an abortion, killing the fetus she was carrying.

John Andrew Welden was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges of product tampering and first-degree murder and faces up to life in prison if convicted of the murder charge. He's also the defendant in a lawsuit filed in state court by his ex-girlfriend, 26-year-old Remee Lee.

"Whenever a woman is robbed of her ability to give birth and have a child, I don't think there's any greater harm you can cause somebody," said Lee's attorney, Gil Sanchez. "She's devastated. She still can't believe this happened to her."

David Weisbrod, who represented Welden in the first federal court appearance Wednesday, declined to comment to The Associated Press. During a court hearing Wednesday, Weisbrod characterized his client's actions as aberrant but said Welden had no criminal history. A U.S. magistrate judge ordered him held without bond.

According to court documents, the couple met in mid-2012 and became romantically involved. Lee became pregnant in February 2013 and was elated about her pregnancy when she told Welden the news. Welden, however, urged Lee not to have the baby.

In late March, the records say, Lee went to the office of Dr. Stephen Welden, her boyfriend's father, for an exam.

Court records say Welden told Lee that his father had discovered she had a bacterial infection and had prescribed an antibiotic, Amoxicillan, to treat her.

Lee and her attorney, along with federal prosecutors, say Welden forged his father's signature on a prescription for Cytotec and relabeled a pill bottle as "Amoxicillin." Cytotec, known also as misoprostol, is a drug used to induce labor.

It is typically taken in conjunction with another drug, mifepristone, to cause an abortion during the first nine weeks of pregnancy. Mifepristone, which is typically taken first, causes an embryo to detach from the uterine wall. Misoprostol is typically taken two days later to cause contractions and push the embryo out of the uterus.

Lee was six weeks and five days pregnant.

Welden said she began to bleed while at work and went to the hospital - where she discovered that she had been given the drug used in medically induced abortions.

Court records say Welden told Lee while she was at the hospital that he had given her Cytotec, not Amoxicillin. Lee is suing Welden for battery, intentional infliction of emotional harm, and punitive damages.

Welden's father, the doctor, has not been accused of wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime. Someone answering the phone at his OB-GYN office in Tampa hung up when a reporter called.

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?se...rld&id=9105927

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Re: FL Man Accused of Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Fetus

Sick bastard

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Re: FL Man Accused of Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Fetus

I could see doing it if both parties didn't want the baby, they were in a conservative state with no abortion clinics, couldn't travel to Mexico or a state that had abortion clinics, and it was early on in the pregnancy, but by all accounts it looked like she WANTED to have the baby and the sicko sperm donor didn't want to pay child support, so I hope the sperm donor fries...

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Re: FL Man Accused of Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Fetus

Was it that he couldn't sentence his kid to this earth, or he didn't want to pay child support ?? Either way I'm just happy that the baby will never have to suffer

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Re: FL Man Accused of Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Fetus

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I could see doing it if both parties didn't want the baby, they were in a conservative state with no abortion clinics, couldn't travel to Mexico or a state that had abortion clinics, and it was early on in the pregnancy, but by all accounts it looked like she WANTED to have the baby and the sicko sperm donor didn't want to pay child support, so I hope the sperm donor fries...
The article states, "By all accounts, she was elated!"

I hope the sperm donor fries, too

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That is really evil. I'm sure the Dr didn't mind helping his son out. The whole thing stinks & if she really wanted the baby that is just beyond sad.

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Some people are so mean and don't give a shit anymore!

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Re: FL Man Accused of Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Fetus

Because paying child support is worse than a life behind bars?

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Re: FL Man Accused of Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Fetus

So was this the Plan B or Day After contraception pill he gave her? I know someone who was raped who took that. That just added to her trauma of being raped.

This guy needs an ass kicking.

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Because paying child support is worse than a life behind bars?

To a demented mind, perhaps.

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