A couple in Ohio are facing charges after allegedly self-inducing a late-term abortion with mail-order medication from India and leaving their baby to die and putting the child's body in a shoebox.
Kalina V.E. Gillum and Braden C. Mull have been indicted on one count each of involuntary manslaughter, child endangering, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.
The couple appeared via video monitor in Licking County court Monday.
According to Licking County Prosecuting Attorney William Hayes, on Sept. 18, 2019, Gillum took 12 misoprostol tablets she and Mull ordered from India with the intention to "induce labor and terminate Gillum's pregnancy," Hayes wrote in a press release.
According to Hayes, Gillum took the pills while in her third trimester at either 28 or 29 weeks pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy in the bathroom of her and Mull's apartment.
"At no time did either one of them ever call 911 or seek emergency medical treatment for the child," Hayes wrote.
The next day, the two went to the hospital, where medical staff contacted law enforcement. Officers then went to their home and found the child's body in a shoebox inside of a trash bag, Hayes said. The prosecutor also said that the two planned together to order the drugs and terminate the pregnancy, knowing Gillum was in her third trimester.
Each is being held on a $150,000 cash bond, according to multiple outlets.
A child born prematurely at 28 or 29 weeks gestation has a very high chance of surviving outside of the womb if given proper medical attention. According to information from the University of Utah, the survival rate for premature babies born at 28 weeks gestation is between 80% and 90%.
A neighbor of the couple told WSYX-TV that she had no idea that Gillum was even pregnant, but would regularly greet the two.
"It's breaking my heart," the neighbor told the outlet. "I'm really shocked. I didn't know my neighbors were like that."
Chemical — or "medical" — abortions, which are done through the use of certain drugs are typically only done in the first few weeks of a pregnancy.