A Pennsylvania university student allegedly put bleach in his pregnant girlfriend’s water with the intent to harm the fetus.
On Oct. 28, 20-year-old Theophilous Washington, a junior at Millersville University, suggested his girlfriend drink some water from the refrigerator before leaving his home, The Associated Press reports. When the girl returned to her on-campus room, she felt a burning sensation in her throat and vomited. She then called 911.
Washington reportedly admitted to police during an interview that the water she drank had bleach in it.
“Washington, the father of the child, admitted to putting bleach in the water bottle,” prosecutors said. “He had stated previously that he did not want the female to have the child.”
A doctor said the woman and her 2-month-old fetus appeared to be unharmed, according to the district attorney's office.
Authorities charged Washington, who is from the District of Columbia, with one felony count of criminal attempted murder of an unborn child and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment, WPMT reports.
“The charges are twisted and the intended result nothing short of horrifying," Craig Stedman, district attorney, said in an Oct. 28 statement.
Washington is in custody on $1 million bail.
Brian Hazlett, Millersville University’s vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, released a statement regarding the incident, WPMT reports:
This was a horrible, unconscionable event. It is very disturbing to me personally because I consider our students to be our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and we’re doing everything we can to make sure she is okay. At no time was anyone else on campus at risk. Because this was a totally isolated incident that did not impact anyone else on campus, a Timely Warning and our MU Alert system were not warranted.
The investigation is ongoing and Washington may face additional charges.
“There is no greater call in law enforcement than to protect the most vulnerable among us and there are none more vulnerable than the unborn,” Stedman said.