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Monday, July 22, 2013

Indiana Woman Charged With Felony Neglect of Dependent After Fetus Found in Dumpster

Indianapolis --Purvi Patel, an Indiana woman who put the body of her premature baby in a restaurant trash bin, was charged on July 18 with felony neglect of a dependent.

Thirty-two-year-old Purvi Patel had a scarf over her head as she walked to and from a St. Joseph County courtroom July 18. A judge entered a preliminary not guilty plea for her.
Court documents say that Patel took drugs that she obtained from Hong Kong to induce an abortion, but an autopsy found that the baby was born alive July 13 about 12 weeks premature.
Police say the infant's body was found late July 13 outside a Mishawaka restaurant after Patel went to a hospital. 
Earlier this month, hospital staff called police when Patel went to an emergency room bleeding, with the umbilical cord still protruding, but had no baby with her.
Patel told doctors she had never been pregnant but later told them she miscarried and put the body in the dumpster behind the Mishawaka restaurant that she manages.
Patel told the medical staff she delivered at home but did not see the fetus breathing or moving. Although Patel stated she thought she was about two months pregnant, the physician Dr. Kelly McGuire believed she was at least 28 weeks pregnant.
According to the police report:
Fearing for the child, Dr. McGuire then drove to the Super Target and began searching in the dumpsters
The affidavit says a forensic pathologist concluded the infant could have survived outside of the womb and did take a breath after it was born.
Patel will appear in court again July 31 before St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Hurley. Until then, she has had her passport removed and will be under electronic surveillance.

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