Wisconsin authorities finally found and arrested a man who allegedly attempted to force his pregnant girlfriend to abort their unborn baby.
WLUK reports authorities have been searching for Manishkumar Patel, formerly of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, for almost ten years. Authorities said they recently found Patel in New York state and arrested him.
In 2008, Patel was accused of spiking his girlfriend’s drink with the abortion drug mifepristone in an attempt to kill her unborn child. Patel disappeared in December 2008 after he was charged in the crime.
Patel has been returned to Wisconsin where a judge recently set a $50 million bond for him, according to the report. Authorities said they found Patel in New York during a traffic stop.
He faces nine charges, including first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child, the report states.
As LifeNews previously reported, former state Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, who represents former girlfriend Darshana Patel, the victim who shares the same last name but is not married to Manishkumar, said she did not know his whereabouts after he disappeared.
Thomas Zoesch, Patel’s lead attorney, told Gannett Wisconsin Newspapers that he had not heard from his client since December 19, 2008 and that Patel’s business attorney had not either.
Darshana Patel said her boyfriend hurt her to the extent that she jumped from a moving vehicle once to escape him. She obtained a restraining order against Manishkumar about a month before he was charged with first-degree intentional homicide for trying to force her to abort her twin babies.
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According to court records the Associated Press obtained, Darshana said Manishkumar abused her physically and emotionally on repeated occasions but she stayed with him even though his divorce with another woman was not finalized.
Darshana became suspicious after she had two miscarriages in one year and noticed white powder on the cup of a drink Manishkumar prepared.
Police labs later confirmed the powder was the dangerous abortion drug; Manishkumar allegedly purchased it in India.
Darshana Patel’s concern for her baby led her to obtain the restraining order after he allegedly hit her once and blackened her eye and cut her lip. According to the AP report, she was “afraid (for) my safety and my unborn child’s safety.”
Darshana said she believes Manishkumar had given her mifepristone, or the RU 486 abortion drug, which has been responsible for the deaths of 13 women worldwide (and six in the United States) and injuries of more than 1,100 women in the U.S. alone.
Manishkumar, after two different interrogations by police, eventually admitted giving Darshana the abortion drug, according to reports from 2008.
Meanwhile, Lautenschlager said she is representing Darshana and has indicated she is considering filing a civil lawsuit against Patel in addition to the criminal charges he already faces.
He could face 99 1/2 years in prison on the charges.