by Steven Ertelt
January 8, 2008
Applteon, WI (LifeNews.com) — The woman whose boyfriend tried to make her have an abortion by slipping the dangerous abortion drug mifepristone into her drink wants his bond now that he’s apparently fled the country. Darshana Patel hopes to obtain some of the $750,000 bail money 34-year-old Manish Patel paid with the help of friends and family.
Manish Patel, who is unrelated but has the same last name, has been missing since late December and authorities believe he’s fled to his native India.
He has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child — a law put in place by pro-life advocates to hold criminals accountable when they kill or injure a pregnant mother or her unborn child.
Peg Lautenschlager, a former Wisconsin attorney general representing Darshana, told the Associated Press that she plans to file a motion on her behalf asking a judge to provide her with part of the bail money.
She said Darshana deserves it not only because she is a victim but because Manish may have taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from her for his business and other purposes while he was trying to kill her unborn child.
"Nothing can make up for the tragic loss, but we are looking at all avenues to at least make up for all or some of her lost moneys," Lautenschlager said Monday.
State law allows proceeds from bonds to be used as compensation for victims.
Patel has his bond revocation hearing scheduled for January 22 in Outagamie County Circuit Court and he could be imprisoned for up to 99 years if convicted and fined as well.
Late last month, Patel did not check into a day center for those on bond and his attorney hasn’t seen him since the middle of December.
Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Chris Proietti says Patel’s wife left for India in late November and he thinks Patel may have followed her.
He told the Appleton Post-Crescent that his office is working with the FBI and U.S. Marshal’s Service to locate Patel and determine if he followed his wife overseas after she came to the U.S. to obtain divorce papers.
Proietti also told the newspaper his office has received an anonymous phone call fwhethersaying Patel is headed to India and to the Indian state of Gujarat where he’s from. However, he said he can’t confirm the tip.
Should authorities locate Patel, Proietti said government officials have to determine whether the American treaties with the Asian nation will allow them to extradite him from India.
Thomas Zoesch, Patel’s lead attorney, told Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers that he hasn’t heard from his client since December 19 and that Patel’s business attorney hasn’t either. Zoesch believes Patel may have skipped town or fled the country.
“I did not learn that he was gone until I got a call from the sheriff’s department on Friday," Zoesch said. “And I talked to his corporate lawyer and he said he has not had any contact with him either."