Man pleads guilty to killing his unborn child after tricking his girlfriend into taking abortion pill

The 29-year-old told his girlfriend he was giving her antibiotics

The son of a Florida fertility doctor faces up to 13 years in prison after tricking his pregnant girlfriend into taking an abortion pill, causing her to lose their baby.

John Andrew Welden, 29, pleaded guilty to "tampering with a consumer product" and "conspiracy to commit fraud" in Tampa court. He accepted a plea bargain which meant he avoided being charged under the federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act, a murder charge carrying a life sentence.

Welden's lawyer told reporters of the bargain: "The possibility of a mandatory life sentence, no discretion to the judge, obviously is a big factor.

"Obviously it's tragic all around from every angle, and I think that's recognised."

Welden was reluctant to be a father when his then girlfriend, Remee Lee, told him she was pregnant. After a sonogram at his father's clinic, Welden told Ms Lee her blood tests had shown that she had an infection and needed to take amoxicillin.

He gave her pills, which he said were the antibiotic amoxicillin. But they were actually Cytotec, a drug that causes contractions, which he got his hands on by forging his father's signature. He told her to take three of them a day.

After she took the first, Lee was rushed to the hospital with abdominal pain and bleeding, and lost the baby.

Remee Jo Lee leaves Federal Court Remee Jo Lee leaves Federal Court

In May, she told CNN: "Medical professionals saw that it wasn't quite right. Everybody knew it wasn't amoxicillin.

"I can't believe someone did something so malicious to me, and not only to me but to himself. That was our baby."

Ms Lee was sobbing in court as Welden admitted his guilt.

Her lawyer, Gil Sanchez, said: "Nothing is going to bring back what was taken from her."

Welden said nothing as he left the courtroom on Monday. He is scheduled to be sentenced 5 December.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA celebration of British elections
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Trainee Consultant - Surrey/ South West London

£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...

Ashdown Group: Trainee Consultant - Surrey / South West London

£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...

Ashdown Group: Recruitment Consultant / Account Manager - Surrey / SW London

£40000 per annum + realistic targets: Ashdown Group: A thriving recruitment co...

Ashdown Group: Part-time Payroll Officer - Yorkshire - Professional Services

£25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful professional services firm is lo...

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before