By Dave Andrusko
Last Friday, following a two-day preliminary hearing at Trego County District Court, District Judge Glen Braun determined there was enough evidence to go ahead with the case against Scott Bollig. He will be tried on one count of first degree murder and one count of aggravated battery in the death of Naomi Abbott’s unborn baby last January.
According to Kari Blurton of the Hays Post, the Kansas man “is accused of crushing and sprinkling an abortion-inducing drug, mifepristone, on pancakes Abbott ingested.”
The baby died January 31. Bollig, 30, was charged February 20. His arraignment is scheduled for September.
Bollig told police that he gave Abbott the drugs hoping she would have an abortion. However Bollig’s defense attorney challenged the admissibility of the confession. Judge Braun ruled that the prosecution would be allowed to use the confession as evidence.
Hays pathologist Dr. Lyle Noordhoek performed the autopsy on the baby and was Friday’s only witness. He testified that the gestational age to be 8-10 weeks and that the baby was developing normally, “which led me to believe some sort of process was interfering with the loss of oxygenation” to the placenta leading to the placenta to begin detaching from the uterine wall.
Noordhoek “said he determined the cause of death was consistent with what would happen if a pregnant women was given mifepristone,” Blurton reported.
Defense attorney Dan Walter tried to offer an alternative explanation for the baby’s death, Blurton noted. “Upon questioning from defense attorney Dan Walter, Noordhoek said the symptoms could have also been caused by a woman who is overweight, taking antidepressants or birth control pills at time of pregnancy, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol or has suffered a blunt force trauma.”