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Trial date set for mother of baby found in dumpster


The woman accused of inducing labor and then dumping her baby into a dumpster was in court today.  Purvi Patel was charged with Neglect of a Dependent after police say she admitted that the baby found in a dumpster behind Moe's Southwest Grill was hers.

The judge set a tentative trial date for November 12.  Two other hearings are set for October as well.

Wednesday in court, Patel had to surrender her passport, but she requested to travel out of state for her brother's engagement party. Thursday, prosecutors filed an official objection to that request.

According to court documents, Patel showed up at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center July 13 bleeding. Emergency personnel believed she recently delivered a child, which the documents say Patel denied.

The documents say Patel was taken to the hospital's maternity floor where she was examined by an obstetrician. The obstetrician's opinion was that she had just delivered a baby. Documents say Patel asked for a second opinion. Another doctor was called in and made the same opinion.

The court documents say Patel eventually told the staff she delivered the baby at her home in Granger and told the staff she did not see the child breathing or moving and thought it was dead. Documents say Patel told the staff she put the baby in a bag and placed it behind the dumpster of the Mishawaka Super Target. The staff says she also told them she was roughly two months along and had a miscarriage. Doctors believe she was actually 28 to 30 weeks - or around 7 months - along.

Fearing for the child, court documents say one of the doctors drove to the shopping center and started searching dumpsters, calling police for help. After searching a number of dumpsters, officers found a body behind Moe's Southwest Grill. The doctor determined it was a pre-mature baby roughly 30 weeks along. According to the doctor, his external examination showed no reason why the child would not have survived.

An autopsy was completed on the body. Investigators say a forensic pathologist believes the child was pre-mature, but had been born alive and taken a breath.

After getting a search warrant for Patel's phone, court documents say investigators discovered she had discussed being pregnant with at least one friend. Documents say she also admitted to obtaining two drugs from Hong Kong in an attempt to abort the child which she started taking Wednesday, July 10. Doctors tell investigators one of the drugs would have no effect on a fetus more than nine weeks along, the other drug would induce labor.

A judge entered a not guilty plea for Patel back on July 17.

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