Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — As the trial for notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell proceeded Tuesday, one of Gosnell’s employees testified to the court that she had personally been involved in the murders of ten newborn babies.
As suspected by prosecutors, Adrienne Moton, an assistant to Gosnell, told the court that babies who were born alive did indeed have their spines “snipped” with scissors.
“I learned it from Dr. Gosnell,” she stated when asked by prosecutor Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron where she came up with the idea. “I never asked why.”
“Can you say how many you did?” Cameron inquired.
“I could remember a good 10 times that I did it,” Moton replied, obviously nervous.
She told the court that another employee also performed the snipping technique as well, and that she “couldn’t give … a number” for how many times she saw Gosnell ending the lives of newborn babies in this manner.
Moton advised that one of the children that was aborted was approximately 30 weeks in gestation. She cried as she spoke of the child, a boy, whom she said Gosnell boasted was big enough to walk to the bus stop. As Moton had taken a photo of the baby with her cell phone, the photo was projected onto the screen for the jury.
Moton told the court that she also once had to kill a newborn baby that was delivered in the toilet, snipping the back of his or her neck with scissors.
“At first I didn’t,” she said.
Moton has been incarcerated since 2011, and has pled guilty to third degree murder, along with other charges, for her participation in Gosnell’s late-term abortion operation. She agreed to testify against Gosnell in a plea deal.
Moton is the first of at least two employees that are set to testify against the abortionist during the trial.
Gosnell’s defense attorney Jack McMahon told the court that the case against Gosnell is a “lynching” against his client. He disputed the the gestational age of the babies and the assertion that they had been born alive.
As previously reported, abortionist Kermit Gosnell, 72, was taken into custody in 2011 following an investigation into his practice called the Women’s Medical Society. Investigators had not initially been aware that Gosnell was running a late-term abortion facility, but visited the location over suspicions about the illegal sale of controlled substances. His official murder trial began on Monday.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who initially leveled the charges against the abortionist, described Gosnell’s operation two years ago as a “House of Horrors.”
“[Investigators] found jar after jar after jar of fetal remains and specifically severed feet in jars,” he explained in front of a panel following the compilation of the Grand Jury Report. “They found medical waste bags just strewn everywhere.”
Williams also outlined that several babies had been found with their spinal cords severed. It was believed that Gosnell birthed a number of babies alive, then “snipped” the back of their neck with scissors in order to kill them.
He now faces seven counts of first-degree murder — the most severe charge, which signifies that the acts were premeditated — for the deaths of babies who were believed to have died in this manner.
Gosnell also has been accused of one count of third-degree murder for the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, an abortion client who died after she was administered a lethal amount of medication. Approximately 20 other charges have been leveled against the abortionist.
Gosnell could face the death penalty for his crimes if convicted.