A college student attending Millersville University in Pennsylvania was charged with attempted murder on Oct. 28, after allegedly diluting his pregnant girlfriend's water with bleach in an effort to kill her unborn child.
Theophilous Washington allegedly admitted to putting bleach in his girlfriend's water bottle while she was two months pregnant on Thurs, Oct. 27, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office reports. The 20-year-old junior was vocal about not wanting the child to be born, according to reports.
After consuming the diluted drink, Washington's girlfriend began to experience a burning sensation in her abdomen and throat and began vomiting profusely, according to People. She then dialed 911, and was rushed to the hospital. Luckily, doctors confirmed the woman and her child were both unharmed.
Washington was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder of a fetus, according to the District Attorney's Office. "The charges are twisted and the intended result nothing short of horrifying," Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said in a statement on Oct. 28. "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."
Washington was arraigned last week and is being held in custody on a $1 million bail. He has not entered a plea, and it is uncertain if he has been given an attorney to represent him, according to People. He will begin preliminary hearings in the coming weeks, where prosecutors say additional charges could be filed.