"They are different medical issues," Sanford said. Chief deputy prosecutor Mark Roule contended that the state has made it clear since October last year that it intended to file a foeticide charge if the case went to trial.
Roule noted that the two charges stemmed from the same set of facts and spurred no new discovery specifically related to foeticide. Patel has been accused of taking drugs to abort a seven-month-old foetus she was carrying inside her.The court documents allege that she ordered drugs from Hong Kong in an attempt to induce an abortion. An investigation showed that Patel put the aborted foetus in a grocery bag and then threw it into the dumpster, stifling the new born’s chances of life. An autopsy conducted by police showed that Patel cut the umbilical cord herself and the baby was apparently alive when she dumped it.