Man convicted of attempted homicide in girlfriend's miscarriage

Manish Patel in court
Manish Patel (left) in Outagamie County court on May 23, 2017 (WBAY photo)

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A man accused of drugging a woman to kill her unborn child has been found guilty of an attempted homicide charge.

On Aug. 1, Manish Patel pleaded "no contest" to a charge of Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide - Unborn Child.

Eight other charges were dismissed but read into the record.

Outagamie County prosecutors say Patel slipped RU-486, also known as a medical abortion pill, into his girlfriend's drink. He was said to be having an affair with the woman.

The girlfriend, after having her second miscarriage within a year, had testing done that confirmed she was given RU-486. She went to police.

Patel was arrested and charged in 2007 but fled the country after friends posted his bail.

After nine years on the run, a border patrol agent caught him in New York in 2016. He was extradited back to Outagamie County.

"During the interview with the federal government, he admitted his passport was fraudulent. He obtained it in India. He said he left the US in December of 2007 which would have been consistent with when he fled here. He returned to India where he says he was until October of 2016, and then he flew to Toronto last fall," then Outagamie County Deputy District Attorney Melinda Tempelis [Tempelis is currently the district attorney.] said in 2016.

Patel's sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 9.