The son of a fertility doctor has been accused of tricking his pregnant girlfriend into taking an abortion pill and killing their unborn child.
John Andrew Welden, 28, faces a murder charge for allegedly giving the woman a bottle of abortion-inducing drugs, which he told her were harmless antibiotics.
His now ex-girlfriend, Remee Lee, was six weeks pregnant when a scan at Welden's father's clinic in Lutz, Florida confirmed that she was pregnant - but she said Welden was not happy with the news.
"I was never going to do anything but go full term with it, and he didn't want me to," Remee, 26, told local news.
But after the scan, Welden called her to say that she had a bacterial infection and needed to take Amoxycillin, an antibiotic, three times a day.
He gave her a bottle of pills, which she called 'his weapon of choice'.
Remee said she did not call Dr Welden to confirm that she had an infection because she trusted her boyfriend and believed they had a future together.
In fact, Andrew Welden had forged the doctor's signature on a prescription for Cytotec - an abortion-inducing drug - and re-labeled the bottle as Amoxycillin, according to a federal prosecutor.
Remee took a pill on her way to work but was hospitalised with bleeding and abdominal pains. She lost the baby in hospital. She was carrying the bottle of pills and doctors saw that they were not antibiotics.
Welden admitted the switch in a confession recorded by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives, the prosecutor said.
A drugstore surveillance camera captured him buying Cytotec.
Remee filed a lawsuit in state court on Wednesday claiming she suffered battery and emotional distress, while the government has begun its criminal case in federal court.
A federal grand jury indicted him on Tuesday with product tampering and first-degree murder.
Welden's father, a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist who works with infertile couples wishing to become pregnant, has not been accused of any crime.
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