Trial of woman who chemically aborted 28-29 week old unborn child scheduled to begin this week

Neither she nor her boyfriend sought medical attention for baby boy who initially survived

By Dave Andrusko

When last we discussed this tragedy, Brandon Mull had just pled “guilty to one count each child endangering, a third-degree felony; and abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony,” according to Michaela Sumner, in the case of a third-trimester baby born alive following an “unsuccessful” attempt to chemically abort him. 

Not only that Kalina Gillum, the baby’s mother, and her ex-boyfriend, Mull, were charged with failing to seek medical treatment since neither called 911 or sought medical treatment for the 28-29 week old baby boy who did not survive. 

In a plea bargain, Mull pled guilty to two of the four original charges and agreed to testify against co-defendant Gillum. The two other charges–involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence–were dropped.

Gillum’s trial is expected to begin this week.

As we reported last October, 

According to Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Jenny Gonzalez-Wells, “On Sept. 18, 2019, Gillum took 12 misoprostol tablets while at the residence she and the defendant shared…Gillum’s intention was to induce labor and abort the child with whom she was approximately 28 to 29 weeks pregnant.” Once the baby was delivered, “At no time does the defendant or Gillum try to obtain emergency medical treatment for the child.”

The specifics are the baby’s death are extremely difficult to read.

Reporting for Newark Advocate, Sumner said that before and after Gillum gave birth in the bathroom of the couple’s apartment, Mull was “involved in multiple text communications with Gillum and was aware of what she was doing.” The delivery began about 18 hours after Gillum took the misoprostol. 

“After the child’s birth, Kalina Gillum indicated to Mull ‘omg it’s out. It’s huge.’ and less than two minutes later, texted that it’s moving. Several moments later she sends a photograph of the infant to Mull,” the prosecutor said. “At no time does the defendant or Gillum try to obtain emergency medical treatment for the child.”

After arriving home from work that day, Gonzalez-Wells said Mull cleaned the bathroom and placed the baby inside a shoebox inside a trash bag.

The prosecutor said in the early morning hours of Sept. 20, 2019, Gillum went to Licking Memorial Hospital with Mull, hemorrhaging, with an umbilical cord still attached to her, but no baby. She said medical staff contacted law enforcement…

According to Sumner

After responding to the pair’s apartment, Wells said police found the child’s body inside a shoe box inside a trash bag.

Wells said the Licking County Coroner’s Office indicated there was nothing medically wrong with the child. She added investigators determined Gillum and Mull, who share another child together, decided they didn’t want a second child.

Mull is scheduled to be sentenced the week after the trial, Sumner reported.