LANCASTER, Pa. — A university student in Pennsylvania has been arrested after he allegedly admitted to putting bleach in his girlfriend’s water in an effort to kill their unborn baby.
Theophilous Washington, 20, is a junior at Millersville University near Lancaster. According to reports, last Friday, Washington suggested to his girlfriend that she have a bottle of water from his refrigerator.
She drank the water, but when she returned to her dorm, her throat began burning and she vomited. The woman then called 911 for help.
She was examined by a doctor, who determined that her unborn child was unharmed by the incident. The woman is estimated at being two months pregnant.
The Associated Press reports that police interviewed Washington about the matter, and he allegedly told them that he had put bleach in the water bottle.
“Washington, the father of the child, admitted to putting bleach in the water bottle,” prosecutors told the outlet. “He had stated previously that he did not want the female to have the child.”
Washington is now being held on $1 million dollars bail and is facing a felony count of attempted murder of an unborn child, as well as a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.
“The charges are twisted and the intended result nothing short of horrifying,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman told reporters. “There is no greater call in law enforcement than to protect the most vulnerable among us, and there are none more vulnerable than the unborn.”
As previously reported, last month, a student at University of Colorado Colorado Springs was charged with unlawful termination of a pregnancy and sexual assault after he allegedly used a skewer to forcibly abort the child his girlfriend was carrying.
Police stated that Ahmed Almesbahi, 23, had told his girlfriend that “his father would kill him unless we got rid of the pregnancy.” The child did not survive the incident and was later expelled from his or her mother’s body in a mall restroom.
Likewise, in September, a Tennessee man was arrested after he allegedly beat his girlfriend for refusing to obtain an abortion. Juan Lee, 24, was reportedly sitting in the car with his pregnant girlfriend when he told her that she needed to do away with their baby. The woman responded that the matter was not up to him, and got out of the car.
Lee is accused of then striking and choking his girlfriend, and pulling her back into the vehicle.
He drove off, but pulled over again and continued beating her. The woman, whose name has not been released, stated that Lee kicked her in the head while she was on the ground.
She reported the incident to police, who arrested Lee and charged him with aggravated assault.
“[S]ituations in which women are pressured, threatened, or coerced into having abortions may not be as rare as some think,” Live Action News outlines. “[M]any women have felt forced into abortions, whether by violent boyfriends, friends and/or family, or abortion businesses.”
“It has become such a problem that some states, including Michigan, have proposed and/or passed laws that would impose harsher penalties on anyone who coerces a woman to abort her child,” it states. “Some studies have found that up to 64 percent of women who aborted their babies felt coerced in some way to do so.”