Judge: pill did cause woman to lose baby - FOX 13 News

Judge: pill did cause woman to lose baby

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A federal judge has ruled that the pill Remee Lee was tricked into taking did cause the death of her unborn child. 

John Andrew Welden is accused of forging his father's signature on a prescription for the drug Cytotec, then re-labeling it as an antibiotic.

Prosecutors say he then convinced his pregnant girlfriend to take the pill, causing her miscarriage.

Welden's father is a prominent Tampa fertility doctor. He had no role in the scheme, but was in court to support his son as the judge held hearings on whether a single dose of Cytotec caused the miscarriage.

In a plea deal made last year, prosecutors dropped the murder charge. In exchange, Welden pleaded guilty to product tampering and mail fraud.

Under the deal, he faces a maximum of 15 years behind bars.

"He was hoping for something different today," said Todd Foster, Welden's attorney. "I explained to him where we are today is where we were two or three weeks ago."

Lee was supposed to tell the judge Thursday the symptoms and side effects she had after taking the drug Cytotec.  But at the last minute, she decided not to take the stand.

The judge did hear from several medical experts about the potency of the drug. 

One medical expert testified it's unlikely one pill caused her to lose her baby, because you have to take several doses. But that same expert could not rule it out.

Another expert testified under no circumstances would she recommend the drug to a pregnant woman.

Welden will be sentenced January 27th.

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