NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Prosecutors are not pursuing a case against a Manhattan woman arrested on a rare self-abortion charge after her fetus was found among trash last year.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office said Tuesday it’s declining to prosecute 20-year-old Yaribely Almonte but continuing to investigate. Prosecutors wouldn’t elaborate.
Almonte was arrested in November after the fetus of her unborn daughter was found wrapped in plastic in a garbage bin outside of her West 191st Street apartment.
Before her arrest, the state Criminal Justice Services Division said only four people statewide had been charged with self-abortion since 1980.
The misdemeanor charge concerns a woman forcibly causing a miscarriage when more than six months pregnant.
Authorities previously said they were exploring whether Almonte drank an herbal concoction billed as an abortion-causing tea.
Under New York state law, an abortion can only be performed on a fetus older than 24 weeks if the procedure is necessary to save the woman’s life.
The case was dropped before Almonte was to be arraigned.
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