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May 21, 2003

Valdosta - Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of the local doctor accused of starting an illegal abortion, then leaving the woman alone in his office. The woman had to deliver her baby on her own.

All the signs have been removed from Dr. Charles Rossmann's office, and police haven't been able to find him. The State Board of Medical Examiners suspended Rossmann's license, now police are charging him with criminal abortion.

He apparently gave a 23-year-old woman medicine to induce labor, then left her with his contact information and told her to call him when she started to deliver.

"What we're looking for him for is the criminal abortion charge, which is a felony, and could carry a sentence of between one and 10 years," said VPD Commander Steven Heaton.

Valdosta Police say they've been swamped with calls from Rossmann's patients. Police are interested in talking with women who received abortions, but they don't have Rossmann's medical records or information on referrals for his patients.

posted at 3:50PM by ashley.harper@walb.com