Woman accused of feticide was not read Miranda Rights before police questioning, lawyer says

A lawyer for Purvi Patel said the police did not read Patel her rights before questioning her and is asking a judge to throw out all evidence that came from that interview.

Posted on Nov. 11, 2014 at 7:50 a.m.

A Granger woman charged with feticide and neglect of a dependent was not read her Miranda rights before police questioned her, her lawyer says.

Purvi Patel’s lawyer, Jeff Sanford, writes in court documents that all information police got from Patel in her statements to police and all evidence they found as a result of her statements should be thrown out because she was in police custody in the maternity ward of a St. Joseph County hospital and was not read her rights, according to a report from WSBT.

Patel is accused of taking drugs to induce an abortion and then throwing the fetus in a dumpster behind Moe’s Southwest Grill in Mishawaka. Patel’s family owns the restaurant.

Sanford is also asking a judge to not allow photos, reports or testimony of the dumpster where the fetus was found because he says they’re “gruesome and inflammatory” and do not have anything to do with his client’s guilt or innocence, WSBT reports.

He also writes that his client did not intend to terminate her pregnancy, but miscarried at home and disposed of the fetus because she “feared any number of possible societal, religious and familial consequences of being a single, pregnant woman that just suffered a miscarriage,” according to WSBT.

Sanford is also asking that the feticide charge against his client be dropped.

For more on Sanford’s defense strategy and other evidence he’s asking the judge to throw out, read the full story from WSBT.


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