Stu­dent ac­cused of putting bleach in preg­nant woman’s wa­ter

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES - The As­so­ci­ated Press

MILLERSVILLE, PA. >> A Penn­syl­va­nia univer­sity stu­dent ac­cused of hav­ing put bleach in his preg­nant girl­friend’s wa­ter in an at­tempt to harm her fe­tus has been charged with at­tempted mur­der, au­thor­i­ties said.

Theophilous Wash­ing­ton, 20, of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., a ju­nior at Millersville Univer­sity, is charged in Lan­caster County with crim­i­nal at­tempt to com­mit first-de­gree mur­der of an un­born child as well as reck­less en­dan­ger­ing.

“The charges are twisted and the in­tended re­sult noth­ing short of hor­ri­fy­ing,” District At­tor­ney Craig St­ed­man said in a state­ment Fri­day.

The district at­tor­ney’s of­fice said the two were to­gether Thurs­day night into Fri­day morn­ing, and the woman was leav­ing when Wash­ing­ton sug­gested that she drink some wa­ter from the re­frig­er­a­tor.

She did so, but af­ter re­turn­ing to her on-cam­pus room felt a burn­ing sen­sa­tion in her throat, vom­ited and called 911.

Pros­e­cu­tors said po­lice in­ter­viewed Wash­ing­ton and they al­lege that he ac­knowl­edged hav­ing put bleach in a wa­ter bot­tle.

“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 ex­am­ined the woman and said both she and her ap­prox­i­mately 2-month-old fe­tus ap­peared un­harmed, the district at­tor­ney’s of­fice said.

Brian Ha­zlett, Millersville’s vice pres­i­dent of stu­dent af­fairs and en­roll­ment man­age­ment, called it “a hor­ri­ble, un­con­scionable event.”

“It is very dis­turb­ing to me per­son­ally be­cause I con­sider our stu­dents to be our fam­ily,” Ha­zlett said in a state­ment. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the vic­tim and we’re do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to make sure she is OK.”

Wash­ing­ton re­mains in cus­tody on $1 mil­lion bail pend­ing a Nov. 4 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing; court doc­u­ments don’t list a de­fense at­tor­ney who could re­spond to the charges and a listed phone num­ber for him couldn’t be found Satur­day.

“The charges are twisted and the in­tended re­sult noth­ing short of hor­ri­fy­ing.” — District At­tor­ney Craig St­ed­man

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