Fla. man accused of killing ex-girlfriend's fetus

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Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 6:42 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Federal authorities in Florida say the son of a Tampa-area fertility doctor is accused of tricking his girlfriend into taking an abortion drug to kill her unborn child.

A federal grand jury indicted 28-year-old John Andrew Welden on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Welden forged the doctor's signature on a prescription for Cytotec, relabeled a pill bottle as "Amoxicillin" and told the woman his father wanted her to take the antibiotic.

The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/16Av5j3) reports incident occurred in March after an ultrasound at Dr. Stephen Ward Welden's office confirmed the pregnancy. The doctor is not accused of a crime.

Weldon's defense attorney characterized the actions as "aberrant" but pointed out his client has no criminal history. A U.S. magistrate denied bail Wednesday. He faces up to life in prison.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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