Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wis. Man Faces Charges in Miscarriages

Wis. Man Faces Charges in Miscarriages
Authorities have arrested a married man they say caused his girlfriend to miscarry twice by slipping her an abortion drug.

Manishkumar M. Patel, 34, of Appleton, was expected to be charged Thursday afternoon.

The woman already had a 3-year-old child with the man, who was married to someone else, Outagamie County sheriff's Capt. Michael Jobe said at a news conference. She became pregnant two more times, but miscarried in December and September, he said.

Apparently suspecting she had been slipped mifespristone, the abortion pill also known as RU-486, the woman had a blood sample sent to a California lab for analysis, Jobe said. When it tested positive for the drug, she approached the sheriff's department Nov. 1. The man was arrested Wednesday.

Sheriff's officials said charges against Patel could include attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child, burglary, stalking and violating a restraining order. Prosecutors, however, would not say what charges they intended to file.

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