Last June Remee Lee found out she was pregnant and was over the moon. But her euphoria soon turned to despair when the man she knew as her boyfriend secretly killed her fetus.
John Andrew Welden didn’t want children, and so he tricked Lee into taking an abortion pill, causing her to miscarry at six weeks.
This week, Welden, 28, pleaded guilty to killing their unborn baby.
“Every day is a nightmare for me ever since this began,” Lee told Chris Cuomo on CNN’s ‘New Day’. “Even hearing the guilty (plea) yesterday, it’s hard to believe it, it’s hard to read it and know that this actually happened to me.”
As Lee, 26, sat in the Florida courtroom Monday, her pain was still palpable even as her former boyfriend accepted a plea deal that could send him to prison for at least 13 years.
Welden was indicted under the rarely used federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act, a murder charge that carries a life sentence.
Todd Foster, Welden’s defense attorney, told reporters that the stakes of going to trial were too high.
“Nothing is going to bring back what was taken from her,” Lee’s attorney Gil Sanchez said.
In order to trick Lee, Welden told Lee her that blood tests had shown that she had an infection and needed to take amoxicillin, and she’d need to take three a day.
But instead of the antibiotic, Welden gave Lee Cytotec, a drug that first causes contractions, followed by miscarriage.
Lee ended up being rushed to the hospital with abdominal pain and bleeding. Doctors discovered the pills were not antibiotics but abortion pills.
Welden is scheduled to be sentenced December 5.