Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — A medical examiner involved with the case of ‘House of Horrors’ abortionist Kermit Gosnell testified on Monday that body parts of babies killed at the facility were stored in cat food containers and water jugs.
Sam Gulino told jurors that the containers were placed in red plastic bags and shoved into the freezer in the basement of Women’s Medical Society in Philadelphia. He said that he had to thaw the containers, wherein he discovered the partial remains of 47 aborted babies.
“It was the first time I had to deal with fetuses that were frozen and that I had to thaw out,” Gulino stated.
He explained that some of the containers had only feet in them, and in one instance, there was part of a pelvis and a right leg of a baby that he estimated as being 14-15 weeks in gestation. Gulino said that three of the babies may have been able to survive outside the womb had they not been killed, but could not confirm if any of the children that he examined had been born alive.
Investigators had reported similar findings in 2011 during their initial sweep of the facility, citing jars of baby feet in formaldehyde lined on the shelves, and bags and containers holding the remains of deceased children.
“My grasp of the English language doesn’t really allow me to fully describe how horrific this clinic was — rotting bodies, fetal remains, the smell of urine throughout, blood-stained,” stated District Attorney Seth Williams following the investigation.
The Grand Jury Presentment also outlined that “James Johnson, who worked for Gosnell since 2001, testified [during the investigation] that his duties included collecting the red biohazard bags of fetal remains and putting them in boxes for pickup by an outside firm, Stericycle.” Gosnell did not always pay his Stericycle bills, however, and so some of the fetuses were stored in the freezer until Stericycle resumed service.
Gulino’s testimony marked the fifth week of the trial, which has featured gruesome details from those who worked at the abortion facility with Gosnell. As previously reported, former employee Lynda Williams told the jury last week that when she snipped the neck of a baby who was born into the toilet, his or her arm jumped. However, co-worker Sherry West said that she couldn’t bring herself to kill a tiny newborn that was crying before it died.
“There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’” West told the court.
“It didn’t have eyes or a mouth, but it was screeching, making this noise,” she recalled. “It really freaked me out and I said, ‘Call Dr. Gosnell,’ and I went back out front.”
Similarly, Stephen Massof testified the week prior that it would “rain fetuses” on some days at the facility, and that he witnessed Gosnell snip the spinal cords of at least 100 newborn babies.
“It was literally a beheading,” Massof stated as he described the “snipping” technique. “It is separating the brain from the body.”
Former employee Adrienne Moton likewise admitted last month that she had participated in the procedure.
“I could remember a good 10 times that I did it,” she said, obviously nervous.
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.
All of Gosnell’s former employees are currently behind bars for their involvement in the matter.
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.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who 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.”
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 after birth, as well as one count of third-degree murder for the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old woman who died during an abortion. Over 30 other charges have also been leveled against the abortionist.
Gosnell could face the death penalty for his crimes if convicted.