No appeal in Granger woman’s overturned feticide conviction

Purvi Patel (St. Joseph County Jail)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general has opted not to appeal a recent ruling that overturned a Granger woman’s feticide conviction for a self-induced abortion that killed her premature infant.

Monday’s deadline passed without Indiana’s attorney general or Purvi Patel’s attorneys asking the Indiana Supreme Court to take up the state Court of Appeals’ July ruling.

Patel’s attorney, Stanford University law professor Larry Marshall, says he’s pleased Indiana “didn’t drag things out” by appealing.

Marshall says Patel could be resentenced and released from prison next month.

The northern Indiana woman appealed the 2015 convictions that netted her a 20-year sentence.

July’s ruling overturned Patel’s feticide conviction and vacated her child neglect conviction. The court found she should be resentenced on a lower-level child neglect charge.

Patel placed the infant’s body in a dumpster behind the former Moe’s Southwest restaurant in Mishawaka, which her family owned.

The attorney general’s office did not have immediate comment.

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