attempted murder after authorities learned that he had poisoned his
pregnant girlfriend’s glass of water with bleach in an attempt to abort
the fetus, authorities said.
Theophilous Washington, a 20-year-old from Washington, D.C. who is
attending Millersville University in rural Pennsylvania, was charged
with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder of an unborn child
and reckless endangering.
Washington and his girlfriend, who is two months pregnant, were at his
home on Thursday, when she was about to leave on Friday morning to
return to her dorm, authorities said he offered her a drink of water
that had been stashed in the refrigerator.
After she drank the water, she returned to her room and began to feel a
burning sensation in her throat. She started vomiting and eventually
In interviews with police, Washington acknowledged putting bleach in the
water bottle from which his girlfriend drank, prosecutors said.
The woman was examined by a doctor, who determined that she and the fetus were unharmed, according to the district attorney.