West Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Charged with Murder

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Philadelphia, January 19, 2011:  District Attorney Seth Williams today charged 69 year old Kermit Gosnell, a medical doctor, with Murder and other related offenses.  Gosnell is accused of causing the death of one of his female patients; and killing viable babies, born alive in the 6th, 7th, and 8th month of pregnancy, by severing their spinal cords with a pair of scissors. 

 A search of Gosnell’s office, called the Women’s Medical Society,  in West Philadelphia revealed that bags and bottles holding aborted fetuses were scattered throughout the building.  Jars containing the severed feet of babies lined a shelf.  Furniture and equipment was dusty, broken, and blood-stained.  The doctor himself was seldom present.  In his absence, untrained, unsupervised workers, one of them a teenage girl, routinely injected dangerous sedatives into women undergoing illegal late-term abortions.

 Law enforcement officers happened upon the medical abuses in the course of investigating tips that the doctor had been illegally selling thousands of prescriptions for oxycontin and other narcotics to “patients” that he never examined.

The grand jury investigation revealed that, for over two decades, government health and licensing officials had received repeated reports about Gosnell’s dangerous practices.  No action was ever taken, however, even after the agencies learned that women had died during routine abortions under Gosnell’s care.

“I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic,” said District Attorney Williams.  “But as District Attorney, my job is to carry out the law.  A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law.  A doctor who cuts into the necks severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is committing murder under the law.”

 Gosnell, a family practioner who was never certified as an OB/GYN, operated the clinic for years primarily treating lower income, minority women.  Along with performing abortions beyond the legal 24 weeks time, he is also accused of delivering and then killing healthy, viable babies; using a sliding pay scale to administer anesthesia; re-using unsanitary instruments; performing procedures in filthy rooms-some of the rooms had litter boxes and animals present at the time of the operations; and allowing unlicensed employees to perform operations and administer anesthesia-including a teenaged high school student.

 Gosnell is facing Murder in the 3rd Degree for the death of 41 year old Karnamaya Mongar.  Mrs. Mongar died on November 20, 2009 when she was overdosed with anesthetics prescribed by Gosnell.  He is also facing seven Murder charges for the deaths of infants who were killed after being born viable and alive during the 6th, 7th and 8th month of pregnancy.  Along with the Murder charges the District Attorney has charged Gosnell with Infanticide, Conspiracy,  Abortion at 24 or more weeks, Abuse of Corpse, Theft, Corruption of Minors, Solicitation and other related offenses.        

 42 year old Lynda Williams of N. Madison Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware is also facing Murder in the 3rd Degree for the death of Ms. Mongar.  Williams was an unlicensed worker at the clinic who routinely performed illegal operations and administered anesthesia.  She is also facing Murder charges for the death of a viable baby born alive, Abortion at 24 or more weeks, Conspiracy, Racketeering and other related offenses.

 51 year old Sherry West of the 1800 block of Blatty Place in Newark, Delaware is also facing Murder in the 3rd Degree for the death of Ms. Mongar.  West was an unlicensed worker at the clinic who routinely performed illegal operations and administered anesthesia.  She is also facing Abortion at 24 or more weeks, Conspiracy, Racketeering, Tampering with records, Hindering Prosecution, Obstructing Administration of Law and other related offenses.

33 year old Adrienne Moton of Hampton Road in Upper Darby, Pa. is facing a Murder charge for the death of a viable baby born alive.  Moton who was an unlicensed worker at the clinic, routinely and illegally administered anesthesia to patients.  She is also facing Conspiracy and Racketeering charges.

48 year old Steven Massof of W. Marlin Drive in Pittsburgh, Pa. is facing Murder charges for the deaths of two viable babies born alive.  Massof, a medical school graduate without a license or any certification, worked as a doctor at the clinic.  He is also facing Conspiracy, Theft by Deception, Racketeering and other related charges.

 51 year old Elizabeth Hampton of the 5000 block of Arch Street in Philadelphia, Dr. Gosnell’s sister-in-law, is facing Obstructing Administration of Law, Hindering Prosecution, Perjury, and False Swearing charges.     

54 year old Eileen O’Neill of Nutt Road in Phoenixville, Pa is a medical school graduate who worked as doctor at the clinic without a license or certification.  She is facing Theft by Deception, Conspiracy, Racketeering, Perjury and False Swearing charges.

45 year old Tina Baldwin of S. 63rd Street in Philadelphia is facing Racketeering, Conspiracy, and Corruption of a Minor Charges.  Baldwin was an unlicensed worker at the clinic who not only illegally administered anesthesia to patients, she allowed her 15 year old teenaged daughter, who also worked at the clinic, to administer anesthesia to patients as well.

49 year old Pearl Gosnell of N. 32nd Street in Philadelphia is facing Abortion at 24 or more weeks, Conspiracy and other related charges.   Gosnell, the wife of Kermit Gosnell who has no medical license, is accused of performing illegal abortions at the clinic.

 53 year old Maddline Joe of the 800 block of Atwood Road in Philadelphia is facing a Conspiracy charge. She was the office manager at the clinic in West Philadelphia.

 (A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

Complete List of Charges

Kermit Barron Gosnell

Philadelphia, PA 

 

  • Murder (Karnamaya Mongar), 3rd degree, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502(c)             
  • Murder, drug delivery resulting in death (K. Mongar), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2506
  • Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S. 780-§113(f)(30), F-1             
  • Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S. 780-§113(f)(14), F-1             
  • Conspiracy (Controlled Substances Act), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1     
  • Solicitation (Controlled Substances Act), 18 Pa.C.S. § 902, 2 counts, F-1 
  • Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5105(a), F-3      
  • Obstructing Administration of Law, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5101, M-2                     
  • Murder (Baby Boy A), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502   
  • Murder (Baby Boy B), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502                
  • Murder (Baby C), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502                        
  • Conspiracy (Murder of Baby C), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1                  
  • Solicitation (Murder, Baby C), 18 Pa.C.S. § 902, F-1
  • Murder (Baby D), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502                       
  • Conspiracy (Murder of Baby D), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1                 
  • Solicitation (Murder, Baby D), 18 Pa.C.S. § 902, F-1
  • Murder (Baby E) 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502
  • Murder (Baby F), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502                       
  • Conspiracy (Murder of Baby F), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
  • Murder (Baby G), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2501                       
  • Conspiracy (Murder of Baby G), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1                 
  • Solicitation (Murder of Baby G), 18 Pa.C.S. § 902, F-1
  • Conspiracy (murder, generally), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1     
  • Infanticide (Baby Boy B), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3212, F-3               
  • Infanticide (Baby Girl A), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3212, F-3
  • Abortion at 24 or more weeks (33 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3211, F-3         
  • Conspiracy (Abortion, 24 or more weeks), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-3
  • Informed consent violations (310 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3205, M-3
  • Abuse of Corpse (5 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 5510, M-2

     

  • Theft by deception (10 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3922, M-1               
  • Conspiracy (Theft by deception), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, M-1  
  • Controlled Substances Act (Massof), 35 P.S. 780-(§113(f)(30), F-1      
  • Controlled Substances Act (Massof), 35 P.S. 780-(§113(f)(14), F-1      
  • Conspiracy (Controlled Substances Act), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
  • Corrupt Organizations, Racketeering, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b), F-1   
  • Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b)(4), F-1   
  • Corruption of Minors (3 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 6301, M-1
  • Obstructing Administration of Law, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5101, M-2
  • Tampering with or Fabricating Evidence, 18 Pa.C.S. § 4910, M-2          

                                     

 Lynda Williams

Wilmington, DE 

 

  • Murder (Karnamaya Mongar), 3rd degree, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502(c)
  • Murder, drug delivery resulting in death (K. Mongar), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2506         
  • Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S. 780-§113(f)(30), F-1             
  • Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S. 780-§113(f)(14), F-1             
  • Conspiracy (Controlled Substances Act), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1   
  • Murder (Baby C), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502                        
  • Conspiracy (Murder of Baby C), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
  • Conspiracy (murder, generally), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
  • Abortion at 24 or more weeks (13 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3211, F-3         
  • Conspiracy (Abortion, 24 or more weeks), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-3
  • Corrupt Organizations, Racketeering, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b), F-1   
  • Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b)(4), F-1

 

Sherry West

Newark, DE 

 

  • Murder (Karnamaya Mongar), 3rd degree, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502(c)                
  • Murder, drug delivery resulting in death (K. Mongar), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2506         
  • Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S. 780-§113(f)(30), F-1             
  • Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S. 780-§113(f)(14), F-1             
  • Conspiracy (Controlled Substances Act), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1   
  • Tampering with or Fabricating Evidence, 18 Pa.C.S. § 4910, M-2            
  • Tampering with records, 18 Pa.C.S. § 4104, M-1                
  • Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution,18 Pa.C.S. § 5105(a), F-3         
  • Obstructing Administration of Law, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5101, M-2        
  • Conspiracy (murder generally), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1                 
  • Abortion at 24 or more weeks (1 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3211, F-3             
  • Conspiracy (Abortion, 24 or more weeks), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-3
  • Corrupt Organizations, Racketeering, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b), F-1                
  • Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b)(4), F-1               

                                     

Adrienne Moton

Upper Darby, PA 

 

  • Murder (Baby D), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502                      
  • Conspiracy (Murder of Baby D), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
  • Conspiracy (Murder generally), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
  • Corrupt Organizations, Racketeering, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b), F-1
  • Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b)(4), F-1                                       

 

Steven Massof

Pittsburgh, PA 

  • Murder (Baby F), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502                        
  • Conspiracy (Murder of Baby F), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
  • Murder (Baby G), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502                       
  • Conspiracy (Murder, of Baby G), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
  • Conspiracy (Murder generally), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
  • Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S. § 780-113(f)(30), F-1                       
  • Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S. § 780-113(f)(14), F-1                       
  • Conspiracy (Controlled Substances Act), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
  • Theft by deception, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3922         , M-1     
  • Conspiracy (Theft by deception), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, M-1               
  • Corrupt Organizations, Racketeering, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b), F-1
  • Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b)(4), F-1                

                 

Elizabeth Hampton

Philadelphia, PA

  • Obstructing Administration of Law, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5101, M-2                     
  • Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5105(a), F-3
  • Perjury, 18 Pa.C.S. § 4902, F-3                     
  • False Swearing, 18 Pa.C.S. § 4903, M-2      

Eileen O’Neill

Phoenixville, PA

  • Theft by Deception (9 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3922, M-1                 
  • Conspiracy (Theft by Deception), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, M-1              
  • Corrupt Organizations, Racketeering, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b), F-1                
  • Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b)(4), F-1                
  • Perjury, 18 Pa.C.S. §, 4902, F-3                    
  • False Swearing, 18 Pa.C.S. § 4903, M-2

                               

 

Tina Baldwin

Philadelphia, PA

  • Corrupt Organization, Racketeering, 18 Pa.C.S. §  911(b), F-1
  • Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy, 18 Pa.C.S. §  911(b)(4), F-1
  • Corruption of Minor, 18 Pa.C.S. § 6301, M-1                     

 

Pearl Gosnell

Philadelphia, PA

  • Abortion, 24 or more weeks, 18 Pa.C.S. § 3211, F-3                    
  • Conspiracy (Abortion, 24 or more weeks), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-3
  • Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b)(4), F-1               

                                   

Maddline Joe

Philadelphia, PA

  • Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b)(4), F-1
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