by Steven Ertelt
March 15, 2007
Hampton, VA (LifeNews.com) — A Virginia man has been charged with trying to cause his girlfriend to have an abortion. Daniel Riase, 21 years-old, faces two charges of trying to poison his girlfriend and was also charged Tuesday with administering a drug with the intention of causing an abortion or miscarriage.
Hampton Police Cpl. Allison Good told the Daily Press newspaper that Riase was arrested on February 25 when spiked his girlfriend’s drink and cause the abortion.
Good indicated that Riase allegedly crushed two misoprostol pills, used in the abortion drug RU 486, and put them in the drink of his 19-year-old partner I-Sharii Best. He purchased the drugs online.
After consuming the drink, Best began to bleed and drove herself to Sentara Careplex Hospital in Hampton. There, medical officials confirmed she had a miscarriage.
Best told the newspaper that Riase wasn’t happy when she told him in January that she was pregnant with his child. He had talked frequently about not wanting to be a father, she said, and had pressured her to have an abortion but she refused.
The dispute over the abortion led to a fight where Riase hit Best and it led to assault charges, but she later dropped them when he pretended to be interested in the baby and appeared supportive of her health and well-being.
"I’m angry, and I’m upset, and I’m still a little shocked that it went this far," Best told the newspaper. "He was acting like he was being supportive, but he was just putting on a front all along because he had already ordered the pills."
Best, who attends Old Dominion University, said she was "excited" about the pregnancy. She was 11 weeks into the pregnancy when Riase aborted her baby with the drugs.
The charges get net Riase 20 years in prison if convicted of killing the baby and 10 years for causing the abortion.
"I was surprised that he could be sentenced to life in prison," Best told the Daily Press. "But I hope they do lock him up for a while because he needs to know what he did was wrong."
Officials charged him after Best taped a phone conversation in which he admitted to buying the pills and putting them in her drink.
The Daily Press reports that Raise is being held in the Hampton City Jail without bond.