Man tricks girlfriend into taking abortion pills, killing child

A Tampa-area man who admitted to tricking his girlfriend into taking abortion pills and killing their child now faces first-degree murder charges, according to

The suspect, John Andrew Welden, switched his girlfriend’s Amoxicillin with abortion pills and scratched off the pills’ identifiers.

Welden gave the pills to his then-girlfriend, Remee Lee, to treat her for bacterial infection. On Easter Sunday, the woman went to a hospital after complaining of severe cramping and vaginal bleeding. Doctors then confirmed that her pills were abortion inducers, not Amoxicillin.

Lee had intended to bring the baby to full-term, despite her boyfriend’s protests, according to WPTV.

“Everyone dreams of becoming a mom. This was my chance,” Lee told the South Florida NBC affiliate.

Welden’s father is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist. Welden allegedly forged his father’s signature on a prescription for a drug called Cytotec, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Federal prosecutors say Welden then put an “Amoxicillin” label on a pill bottle containing the drug. He advised Lee that his father, the doctor, wanted to put her on antibiotics.

Prosecutors did not disclose the duration of Lee’s pregnancy.