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May 30, 2003

(Valdosta-AP) -- Authorities in south Georgia are continuing to look for a doctor more than a week after obtaining warrants against him for criminal abortion. Valdosta police say the charges against Doctor Charles Rossman stem from a May ninth incident in which a 23-year-old woman who was 30 weeks pregnant asked for an abortion because she feared her baby had Down syndrome.

Police said yesterday that the baby died last week at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. The doctor's office is abandoned, with signs removed and the phone disconnected. Valdosta Police Chief Frank Simons says the search has been complicated by reports that Rossman may have changed his name in the past.

The Georgia Medical Board suspended Rossmann's license to practice medicine on May 15th. Police say Rossman is accused of giving the woman pills, apparently to induce labor -- before leaving her alone in his office. The woman called 911 when she went into labor and was unable to reach the doctor.

Valdosta police are interested in talking to patients of the doctor who have had similar experiences.

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