By Dave Andrusko
It is a story that is uncannily similar to other sad accounts. A woman discovers she is pregnant and tells her boyfriend. He wants an abortion, she won’t, and he spikes her drink with an abortifacient.
That is what Sikander Imran is charged with, according to WROC in Rochester, New York.
Imran’s trial was supposed to start today but has been postponed. WROC says the delay is because “court documents state that more charges have been added.” His trial date is now March 12.
Imran is already charged with “cause of abortion and premeditated killing of a fetus of another”– Brook Fiske.
According to the story Fiske and Imran, who is a doctor, dated off and on for three years before he moved from Rochester to Arlington, Virginia for a new job.
When Fiske told him she was pregnant, “He didn’t want to have a baby so he tried to talk me into having an abortion… which I didn’t want to do,” Fiske said.
By then 17 weeks pregnant, she went to Virginia “to visit Imran to plan how they would raise the child. And that’s when, she says, he poisoned her,” according to WROC.
“When I was drinking my tea in the evening I got to the bottom of the cup. There was a gritty substance in there and when I looked at it, I could tell that it was a pill that had been ground up,” she said.
Just a few hours later – Fiske started having contractions.
“He [Imran] immediately started crying and said that he was a horrible person and that he had done what I thought he did,” Fiske said.
She was rushed to Virginia Hospital Center where she went into labor and lost her baby boy. Fiske says tests showed the abortion pill Misoprostol was found in her system.
Fiske explained that the nurse said it takes 200 milligrams to induce labor. “So he gave me 800,” she explained.
She told reporter Jeannie McBride, “I felt very betrayed and devastated.”
She’s only seen Imran once since then –when she testified in June
“It was very empowering for me to face him and say what he had done…and look him in the face while I said that,” Fiske told McBride.
Fiske told McBride that “the loss of a child is heartbreaking, devastating, and it never goes away. But, she says, it does get easier to carry the weight of that loss every day.”