28-year-old John Andrew Weldon (mug shot photo above) is currently facing first degree murder charges after he reportedly tricked his girlfriend into taking abortion pills (specifically Cytotec) by telling her they were antibiotics, according to the federal arrest warrant. Weldon’s now ex-girlfriend Remee Lee, 26, has also filed a civil lawsuit against Weldon seeking a minimum of $15,000 in punitive damages.
After Lee found out she was pregnant she says Weldon took her to his dad, who is an OB/GYN doctor in Lutz, Florida. The test confirmed that Lee was indeed pregnant and was an estimated six weeks along. Weldon allegedly pleaded with Lee to terminate the pregnancy, but she wanted to have the child. “I was never going to do anything but go full term with it, and he didn’t want me to,” Lee says in an interview with News Channel 5. (Video below)
The following day Lee says she was told by Weldon that her blood test had revealed she had a bacterial infection, which meant that she needed to take the antibiotic Amoxicillin.
On Good Friday, Weldon “came to my house with the pills, his weapon of choice,” says Lee. The Amoxicillin pills were part of a care package put together by Weldon, and according FBI agents, Weldon admitted to “switching the pills and even scratched off any identifiers on the pills so Lee wouldn’t suspect anything,” according to News Channel 5.
Lee says she was determined to do everything within her means to insure the health of her baby, and surmised that Weldon “used this pregnancy as my Achilles heel. He knew I wanted to do what is best, so that is why I took [the pills],” Lee says before adding, “He told me to keep taking them. I was supposed to take three a day for days.”
It was Easter Sunday when Lee began to experience excessive vaginal bleeding and sever cramping and was taken to the hospital, where she was informed by doctors that her baby no longer had a heartbeat. Lee had brought along the bottle of pills and doctors informed her that they were not Amoxicillin but abortion pills.
“Everyone dreams of becoming a mom,” Lee says in the interview. “This was my chance.”
John Andrew Weldon is reportedly still behind bars and being held without bond due to being a flight risk.
UPDATE – Avoiding the first degree murder charge, Weldon later pleaded guilty to a lesser count of product tampering and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. A judge sentenced him to 13 years and 8 months in prison.