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Man accused in death of fetus

on May 17, 2013 10:30 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Federal authorities said 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 John Andrew Wel-den, 28, on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said 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 reported that the 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 on Wednesday. He faces up to life in prison.

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