A Tennessee woman who is accused of attempting a coat hanger abortion to kill her unborn son is now facing a charge of “attempted criminal abortion” after prosecutors dropped their original charge of first-degree attempted murder.
As previously reported, Anna Yocca, 31, an unmarried mother, reportedly filled her bathtub with water last September and then “took a coat hanger and attempted to self-abort her pregnancy.” When she began bleeding, Yocca became concerned for her safety, and her boyfriend drove her to the hospital.
“The whole time she was concerned for her health, her safety and never gave any attention to the health and safety to the unborn child,” Sergeant Kyle Evans told local television station WTVF.
Doctors were able to save her baby, now named Leo, who was 24 weeks gestation or six months. However, the child suffered injuries to his lungs, eyes and heart during the attempted murder that will likely require medical attention for the rest of his life.
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