A woman in Virginia has been indicted for allegedly aborting her third-trimester fetus — the remains of which were found in her back yard, it was reported Monday.
Michelle Frances Roberts, 43, has been indicted by a jury in Chesterfield County on a felony charge of producing an abortion or miscarriage with the intent to destroy her unborn child, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Police said they received a tip in February 2016 that human remains were buried in the back yard of a home in the 6200 block of Philbrook Road. Investigators later contacted Roberts, who confirmed their report.
Forensic investigators later excavated a small area of the yard where they found the fetal remains, police said, adding that they had been disposed of roughly six months earlier.
Roberts was indicted, according to the newspaper, after a “lengthy consultation” among the medical examiner’s office, a forensic pathologist and the Chesterfield Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Those authorities then presented the case on March 5 to a grand jury.
Police determined that Roberts had the abortion during her third trimester, but it was unclear how the procedure was performed.
Roberts, who was arrested Wednesday, remains held in a jail in Chesterfield County. A status hearing on her case has been scheduled for April 24, the newspaper reports.
Credit: NY Post