Maryland authorities have charged Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, 55, of Vorhees, New Jersey and Dr. Nicola Irene Riley, 46, of Salt Lake City, Utah with the murder of viable fetuses via abortion.
Brigham has been charged with 5 counts of first-degree murder, 5 counts of second-degree murder, and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He awaits extradition from the Camden County Jail in New Jersey.
Riley has been charged with one count each of first-degree murder, second degree murder, and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. She is awaiting extradition from the Salt Lake City Jail.
These grand jury indictments follow a 16-month investigation in the two physicians.
Investigators found 36 fetuses stored in the medical clinic used by theaccused doctors. Of the 36, 13 were found to have been viable outside a mother’s womb. Maryland law makes late-term abortions illegal once the fetus is viable. New Jersey forbids injecting substances into a woman’s uterus to render the fetus unviable, that is kill the fetus, after a specific number of weeks of pregnancy.
Brigham and Riley are accused of injecting the pregnant women in New Jersey, transporting them to Maryland once the fetus was unviable, performing the abortion and conducting an autopsy in Elkton, Maryland.
Law enforcement authorities initiated the investigation when a patient became critically injured during the procedure.
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