Purvi Patel appeals conviction of feticide, neglect of a dependent


By: Tabitha Waggoner twaggoner@elkharttruth.com

SOUTH BEND — Purvi Patel, the Granger woman convicted of child neglect and feticide, has filed an appeal of her conviction, South Bend Tribune reported.

Patel was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison and five years in prison. 

According to prosecutors, Patel illegally took drugs to induce an abortion and failed to get medical help for the baby when he was born alive.

Patel said during the trial that the infant was lifeless when it was born, but she tried to revive it. She didn’t call 911 because she was in shock. She said she put the infant in a plastic bag because she didn’t know what else to do, according to previous reporting.

Doctors testified that they estimated she was about six months pregnant. A former friend of Patel testified that she was only two months pregnant.

She could have been sentenced to up to 70 years in prison, according to Indiana sentencing guidelines.

Patel filed the appeal through her lawyer last week, according to Indiana Court of Appeals records, the Tribune reports.

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