Woman tries to abort rival's baby

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Woman tries to abort rival's baby
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Tue, 12-08-2009 - 1:27pm

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/12/08/attempted.abortion/index.html

Woman tried to end rival's pregnancy, prosecutors say
From Evan Buxbaum, CNN
December 8, 2009 8:11 a.m. EST

New York (CNN) -- Prosecutors in Brooklyn have charged a 38-year-old woman with tricking a pregnant woman into taking an abortion-inducing drug because the suspect thought her husband had fathered the child with the other woman.

And after the baby was born two months premature, but survived, someone tried unsuccessfully to slip a toxic substance through hospital security to the infant in the guise of milk for the baby, according to prosecutors.

The suspect, Kisha Jones, allegedly went to great lengths to end the pregnancy of 25-year-old Monique Hunter, according to a complaint filed by the Brooklyn district attorney's office in an ongoing investigation that began over a month ago.

Jones is in jail facing multiple charges, including attempted abortion and assault, according to authorities.

The baby is in a hospital's intensive care unit, according to the criminal complaint. The complaint did not elaborate on Hunter's condition but described her as providing information to investigators.

The complaint alleges that Jones in October used a doctor's prescription pad to forge a prescription for Hunter for a drug that can induce labor, telling the pharmacist that the drug was needed for a "procedure."

The complaint said it is not clear how Jones got a prescription notepad from a licensed doctor, but the doctor was not treating Hunter and said the prescription was not written by anyone in his office.

Authorities said that, after obtaining the drug, Jones called Hunter numerous times claiming to be the pregnant woman's doctor's office and telling Hunter that her doctor had sent a prescription for her to pick up and take immediately.

Hunter immediately took the drug after receiving the phone calls, thinking it was a legitimate prescription from her doctor, authorities said.

Soon after, she was rushed to a hospital with severe abdominal pain, and gave birth to a boy.

A source at the Brooklyn district attorney's office confirmed to CNN that following the child's birth, an unidentified man went to the hospital with what he claimed was breast milk for Hunter's baby, but the liquid was later determined to be toxic. Hospital staffers alerted police.

New York police say they are still investigating that incident and looking for the man involved.

According to authorities, in addition to attempted abortion and assault, Jones has been charged with reckless endangerment, forgery of a medical prescription, possession of a forged instrument and criminal impersonation.

An unidentified male at the Hunter residence responded to a phone call from CNN by saying that "nobody has any remarks about that situation."

Jones was arraigned on Saturday and is being held without bail. She is expected to appear again at a court hearing on Wednesday.

CNN's Jamie Guzzardo contributed to this report.

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Thu, 12-10-2009 - 6:51am
If it is all true the woman is guilty of lots of things but I am wondering why attempted murder is not on the list of they tried to sneak poison in to the baby? I am not sure exactly what they would be charged with for trying to end the pregnancy but once the baby was born it fits all definitions of attempted murder in my books
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Thu, 12-10-2009 - 10:29am

I'm wondering how long until we see this on Law & Order? Would make a great show.

Pretty sick, hope they send her up the river for this.

~Sam

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Thu, 12-10-2009 - 11:44am

It really is a sick story, and you're absolutely right: it would be perfect fodder for Law & Order! Sheesh.

There are so many questions, though: what medication did she give her? I'm thinking maybe oral Cytotec? I suppose there are lots of meds that can act as unintentional abortifacients, but I'm thinking many of them would be more likely to work in the early part of the pregnancy, as opposed to in the last trimester, which this woman would have been in already if she delivered "two months" prematurely.

Also, would a hospital really allow someone to bring in breastmilk to be fed to a baby while a patient there? I'm not looking to debate milk-donation or sharing (though I am generally a proponent of such), but it does strike me as odd that a hospital would allow a baby to be fed with human milk that had been brought in from outside. So maybe the hospital wasn't at all involved with the feeding of this milk (i.e., hospital staff didn't feed it to the baby, Mom herself did)? Wow...not sure at all. I'll be interested to see if more information comes out about this case.

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Thu, 12-10-2009 - 1:22pm

<<...but it does strike me as odd that a hospital would allow a baby to be fed with human milk that had been brought in from outside. So maybe the hospital wasn't at all involved with the feeding of this milk (i.e., hospital staff didn't feed it to the baby, Mom herself did)?>>


Maybe I interpreted the article wrong but I don't think the milk ever got fed to the baby.

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Thu, 12-10-2009 - 2:50pm
Thanks, Traci. I skipped over that, or misunderstood it, I guess. That does make more sense, though!
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Fri, 12-11-2009 - 11:43am

When DS2 was in NICU I was forever pumping and bringing in milk. DH also brought it for me or my SIL once when I was not feeling well and stayed home.

From what I understand talking to other parents of preemies it is not unusual to bring in milk that was not pumped at the hospital

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Fri, 12-11-2009 - 11:49am

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Did you have to authorize them to do it, or otherwise notify the hospital that specific people would be bringing it? It seems like that would be a good way for a hospital to make sure a baby was getting safe milk from outside, if hospitals aren't already doing that, KWIM?

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Fri, 12-11-2009 - 11:52am
In out hospital each family was allowed four visitors for teh duration of their stay. These visitors could visit as often as they wanted but no one else could. I never had to give any authorization other than as visitors for them to be able to bring stuff in
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