An unplanned pregnancy can certainly shake up a relationship, but a twisted Florida man will now be spending nearly 14 years behind bars after he slipped his girlfriend an abortion pill and ultimately made her miscarry the 6-week-old fetus, the Tampa Tribune reported Monday. John Andrew Walden, 29, disguised the pill as an antibiotic last year, when he found out his lover, Remee Jo Lee, 27, was pregnant with their child.
Now a Floridian judge said that Welden “is going to pay the consequences” for his crime. He very well knew that his girlfriend wanted to keep the baby and more than that, she was ecstatic to find out she was pregnant. Nearly a year after the baby's heart stopped beating, Welden apologized for his actions in front of a Tampa federal judge after he was sentenced to 13 years and 8 months behind bars. Lee demanded her ex-boyfriend be shown “the same amount of mercy that he showed me during my pregnancy." The news site added Welden is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and people who spoke at his sentencing said he could be like two different people at times.
“This wasn’t just a case to me,” Lee told Judge Richard Al Lazzara at her ex-boyfriend's sentencing. “This was the death of my child.” The former couple had been together for seven months when she discovered she was with child. Welden did not share her enthusiasm when she told Welden about her pregnancy last February. He was reportedly pursuing a degree in sports medicine and wanted her to terminate the pregnancy. "I was never going to do anything but go full term with it, and he didn't want me to," Lee told WPTV News in 2013.
So how exactly did Welden trick Lee into taking the abortion pill? His father just happens to be an obstetrician and he reportedly worked for his father. Welden’s father gave Lee a sonogram and during the visit he extracted her blood. On Good Friday, Welden told his girlfriend her blood work showed a bacterial infection and gave her pills, which he said were the common antibiotic Amoxicillin.
But the pills weren’t antibiotics. Welden had given her a bottle of Cyotec pills, which induce labor and result in abortion. Lee blindly trusted Welden, as most people in her situation probably would, and went to work. “He came to my house with the pills, his weapon of choice," Lee told WPTV. He even called her when she was at work to make sure she had taken the pills, the Tampa Tribune wrote.
Two days later, on Easter Sunday, Lee began to feel unwell and had vaginal bleeding. When she went to the hospital doctors told her she suffered a miscarriage caused by Cyotec. Welden admitted he gave her the abortion drug when he met his girlfriend at the hospital. "He used this pregnancy as my Achilles' heel,” Lee said. “He knew I wanted to do what is best, so that is why I took (the pills).”
Lee said she had been waiting until Easter to announce her pregnancy; instead she was in the hospital. Lee said she bled for a month. "Everyone dreams of becoming a mom,” Lee said last February. “This was my chance.”
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