Granger woman convicted of feticide released from prison

Purvi Patel (St. Joseph County Jail)

Purvi Patel is a free woman.

The Granger woman disposed of her infant in the dumpster behind the former Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurant on University Drive in Granger in July of 2013.

Indiana Department of Correction spokesman Doug Garrison says the 35-year-old woman was with relatives when she left the Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis on Thursday morning, Sep. 1.

Patel’s attorney, Lawrence Marshall, says Patel wants her privacy and is focusing on “putting her life back together.”

Patel will not be subject to parole, according to court documents, as reported by 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.

A St. Joseph County judge re-sentenced Patel to 18 months in prison, on Wednesday, which is more time than the 1050 days she has served.

Patel was convicted with feticide and neglect of a dependent in 2015. At trial, the prosecution said Patel purchased drugs over the internet to cause an abortion. The prosecution argued the baby was born alive, though the defense argued it was stillborn.

Patel was convicted originally sentenced to 20 years in prison, but Patel appealed.

Last month, the court overturned Patel’s feticide conviction and vacated her child neglect conviction — ruling she should be re-sentenced on a lower-level child neglect charge.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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