Purvi Patel’s feticide conviction tossed by appeals court

Purvi Patel (St. Joseph County Jail)

The Indiana Court of Appeals overturned the feticide conviction of Purvi Patel, the Granger woman convicted of taking illegally purchased abortion drugs to end her pregnancy, then delivering an infant and leaving his body in a dumpster.

The feticide charge was dropped because “the legislature did not intend for the feticide statute to apply to illegal abortions or to be used to prosecute women for their own abortions,” the court said.

The court also ruled that Patel’s class A felony neglect charge be reduced to class D. While prosecutors proved Patel was aware that the infant was born alive, the appeals court said they did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the infant would have lived if Patel had attempted to provide medical care for him.

Patel will be re-sentenced for the neglect of a dependent charge at a later date. Class D felonies carry a maximum sentence of up to three years.

Patel was 32 when she delivered the infant at her home in Granger in 2013, then disposed of its body in a dumpster behind the former Moe’s Southwest restaurant on University Drive in Mishawaka.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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