A Florida man who forged his father’s signature on a prescription and tricked his pregnant girlfriend into taking abortion-inducing pills has been charged with first-degree murder.
According to a federal arrest affidavit, Welden swapped out his girlfriend’s antibiotics with abortion pills, specifically Cytotec.
“I was never going to do anything but go full term with it, and he didn’t want me to,” explained Remee Lee, 26, Welden’s now ex-girlfriend.
On Easter Sunday, Lee went to an area hospital complaining of severe cramping and excessive vaginal bleeding. Doctors told Lee her unborn baby no longer had a heartbeat.
His father’s a doctor and he allegedly forged the dad’s signature to acquire the abortion pills. He then allegedly changed the label indicate the pills were antibiotics for her.
Lee said when she learned she was pregnant, Welden took her to see his father, who is an obstetrician in Lutz. A sonogram and blood test confirmed Lee was six-weeks pregnant.
The next day, Welden called his girlfriend with bad news. Her blood test apparently showed she had a bacterial infection and she would need to take Amoxicillin to clear it up.
On Good Friday, Lee said Welden showed up at her Tampa home with a care package that included the bottle of antibiotics. The label said the pills were A moxycillin .
“He told me to keep taking them. I was supposed to take three a day for days,” she recalled of Welden’s instructions.
Those pills, of course, were the abortion-inducing Cytotec.
“Everyone dreams of becoming a mom. This was my chance,” she said.
First-degree murder is a capital offense, and Florida — where the crime took place — regularly imposes the death penalty as punishment.