By Dave Andrusko
A sixth employee at Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic in West Philadelphia pled guilty this morning to lesser charges in an agreement that requires 46-year-old Tina Baldwin to testify against Gosnell.
Baldwin pleaded guilty to participating in a corrupt organization, conspiracy, and corruption of a minor. “The corruption of a minor charge involves Baldwin’s daughter Ashley, whom she got hired at the clinic at the age of 15 and who was soon working with her mother in providing sedatives and other drugs to women undergoing abortions,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Joseph Slobodzian.
Gosnell is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of seven babies aborted alive and then killed when their spines were severed; and with third-degree murder in the case of the 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died from a drug overdose prescribed by Gosnell. Gosnell is awaiting trial as is his wife, Pearl, who is charged with performing one late-term abortion and conspiracy.
Referring to the Grand Jury’s 281-page report, prosecutors called Gosnell’s abortion clinic “a baby charnel house,” with fetal remains strewn around the office which reeked of cat urine. The report “read like a grisly script,” according to the New York Times. “Plastic bags and mineral water bottles holding aborted fetuses were found stashed in Dr. Gosnell’s clinic. Jars containing the severed feet of babies lined a shelf, the Philadelphia district attorney, Seth Williams, said in a statement.”
While Gosnell is charged with the murders of “only” seven babies, the grand jury concluded he had killed hundreds of viable babies born alive, but kept no records. At least one other woman died at Gosnell’s clinic, the grand jury concluded.
Last week Lyndia Williams plead guilty to two counts of third degree murder and four related crime.
Her victims were Mrs. Mongar who died in November 2009 from a drug overdose prescribed by Gosnell, and “Baby C,” one of the seven babies whose spinal cords were severed after having been born alive and viable. “It was Williams who actually administered the lethal mixes of Demerol, promethazine and diazepam that killed” Mongar, according to the report. Mongar, a Bhutanese refugee, was 19 weeks pregnant when she traveled to Philadelphia from Virginia for an abortion.
The Grand Jury in its report also found that Williams killed the baby 20 minutes after its birth in 2006 or 2007 by “snipping” the baby’s spinal cord with surgical scissors.
According to the Inquirer, although Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner, who handles pretrial issues for all Philadelphia homicide cases, accepted the plea, he deferred sentencing until after Gosnell’s trial. The final pretrial hearing in the Gosnell case on Thursday after which Lerner will assign the case to a trial judge.
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