The child neglect case against Purvi Patel will apparently be made one “text” at a time.
The remains of the Granger woman’s newborn child were found in a dumpster in a Mishawaka shopping center in July of 2013.
Prosecutors today promised that Patel’s own text messages to a friend would be used to prove that the defendant knew she had symptoms of pregnancy in April of 2013, and that she bought an “abortion pill pack” on the internet in June of that year.
It was on July 13th of 2013 that Patel went to the hospital emergency room with extensive bleeding.
The trial’s first three witnesses today were among the first to see Patel in the E.R.
All three agreed that they’d never before seen a patient quite like Patel who was texting on her phone constantly, right up until the time she went into surgery.
All three also agreed that Patel was “flat affect,” meaning she showed no emotion and seemed disengaged.
All three further agreed that Patel’s story that she was just 10 to 12 weeks pregnant didn’t match the size of her protruding and severed umbilical cord, or her enlarged placenta.
All three medical professions assumed there was a baby still inside the mother instead of resting in a dumpster.
Only after they didn’t find what they were looking for, did doctors confront Patel who finally admitted she had a baby described where it could be found.
During opening statements at Patel’s trial today the prosecution claimed that the death had nothing to do with natural causes.
Prosecutors also pointed to a message sent in July that read, “These pills taste like ….” (expletive deleted) and that “if these don’t work after tasting so nasty, I’m going to be mad.”
Jurors were also told that the messages show that a friend of Patel’s repeatedly pleaded that Patel see a doctor about her pregnancy: something Patel refused to do.
In its brief opening statement, the defense stated that the prosecution didn’t have all the facts. The defense also insisted that the testimony of its own pathologist would greatly disagree with that of the state’s medical expert.
On cross examination, the defense seemed to offer a possible explanation for Patel’s odd behavior at the hospital, by concentrating on the large amount of blood she lost.
Testimony is expected to resume on Tuesday and last through much of this week.
Thus far, testimony seems to indicate that Patel gave birth at her home around 7:30 p.m. on July 13th, and showed up at the hospital emergency room with bleeding problems at about 9:23 p.m.
Testimony also indicates that it wasn’t until 12:30 a.m. on the 14th that Patel revealed the location of the baby’s body.