Cops: Man Tried to Cause Miscarriage With Herbs

Jarod Rebuck has been charged with attempted feticide
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2015 2:47 PM CST
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(Newser) – A 25-year-old Indiana man has been charged with attempted feticide allegedly motivated by his feeling that, as he told police, he's "not in a position to have children financially or mentally." An unidentified woman told police she became suspicious on Christmas Eve when two drinks Jarod Rebuck served her smelled and tasted strange, the Herald Bulletin reports. She looked through his phone's search history and discovered he had been researching natural abortions; she then called police. Rebuck later told police he bought a one-ounce bottle of 100% pure Clary sage online; if ingested early in a pregnancy, it can cause miscarriage. The woman is four weeks' pregnant.

She did ingest Clary sage, but a blood test confirmed she is still pregnant. Rebuck, who was arrested on Christmas morning, was charged Wednesday, and there is a no-contact order between him and the alleged victim. (A KFOR article from last week says she was Rebuck's girlfriend.) If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine as high as $10,000. (Read more feticide stories.)

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