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Northern Indiana woman already charged with neglect in newborn's death faces additional count

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SOUTH BEND, Indiana — A northern Indiana woman charged with neglect in the death of her newborn, whose body was found last year in a restaurant trash bin, now faces an additional felony count.

The St. Joseph's Prosecutor's Office charged 33-year-old Purvi Patel of Granger on Wednesday with feticide, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, the South Bend Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1l1fxwY ). Indiana law defines feticide as knowingly or intentionally terminating a human pregnancy with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus.

Patel already pleaded not guilty to the neglect charge. Her attorney, Jeff Sanford, could not be reached for comment Friday because his office was closed. Patel has an unlisted telephone number.

Police said the infant's body was found outside a Mishawaka restaurant in July 2013 after Patel went to a hospital. Court documents say Patel told doctors the baby was stillborn. A probable cause affidavit says a forensic pathologist ruled the infant was born alive and took a breath.

Court document allege Patel took drugs ordered from Hong Kong to try to abort the pregnancy.

The neglect charge carries a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 29.


Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com

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