Tampa, Florida (The Weekly Vice) - John Andrew Welden, a 28-year-old Florida man, has been jailed he allegedly tricked his girlfriend into taking an abortion pill that killed her unborn child.
According to police, Welden forged his doctor father's signature to obtain a prescription for Cytotec, a medication used for the prevention of ulcers that doubles as an effective abortion pill.
The victim, 26-year-old Remee Lee, told investigators that Welden begged her to terminate the pregnancy, however, she decided early on that she intended to carry the child full term.
When Lee learned that she was pregnant, Welden reportedly took her to see his father, who is an obstetrician in Lutz, Florida. Lee was examined and determined to be six-weeks pregnant at the time.
The next day, however, Welden called Lee and explained that her blood test showed that she also had a bacterial infection that would require Amoxicillin to clear up. He claimed to have picked up a prescription for her and then drove out to her home in Tampa to hand deliver it to her.
Welden informed Lee that she was instructed to take the antibiotic three times per day and continue taking the medication until it was gone. Lee told investigators that she didn't question Welden's intentions because they were "in love" and planned to be married.
"He used this pregnancy as my Achilles heel. He knew I wanted to do what is best, so that is why I took them." said Lee. "He told me to keep taking them."
On Easter Sunday, Lee reportedly went to a local hospital complaining of severe cramps and excessive vaginal bleeding.
When hospital staff asked what medications she had been taking, Lee showed them the bottle of Amoxicillin she thought she had been prescribed. That's when doctors informed her that the pills she had been taking were abortion pills and that her child no longer had a heartbeat.
A subsequent investigation revealed that Welden had allegedly obtained Cytotec and then switched the label with a bottle of Amoxicillin in order to trick his girlfriend into taking the undesired medication.
Weldon was booked into jail and charged with first-degree murder and interfering with interstate commerce. He is currently being held without bond because he has been deemed a flight risk.
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