Trial for Granger woman accused of throwing baby in dumpster pushed back to Jan. 22

Purvi Patel was charged with neglect of a dependent in connection with a newborn baby’s body found in a dumpster in Mishawaka.

Posted on Aug. 31, 2014 at 8:32 a.m.

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — The trial date for a Granger woman charged with neglect of a dependent, a class A felony, and feticide, has been pushed back to Jan. 22, according to a press release from the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.

Purvi Patel was charged in connection with a premature baby’s body found in a dumpster behind University Crossing Shopping Center in Mishawaka.

The trial was originally scheduled for Sept. 29.

Patel admitted herself to the ER at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center July 13, 2013, in Mishawaka, according to The Guardian. She was experiencing vaginal bleeding. 

She initially denied she had given birth. Patel later told medical staff she delivered a baby at home but believed it was stillborn. She said she put the body in a bag and placed it in the dumpster.

Police homicide detectives said they later found text messages between Patel and a friend discussing her pregnancy and admitting she took drugs to abort the baby.

Patel is the second Indiana woman charged with feticide following the criminal prosecution of Bei Bei Shuai, who lost her baby after trying to kill herself, according to The Daily Beast.

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