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More charges are filed in illegal abortion case

June 6, 2003

Valdosta - Two women employed by an accused abortionist have been arrested. The doctor started an illegal abortion on a woman, then left her alone in his office. She had to deliver her own baby.

Thirty-eight year old Jenny Yates of Moultrie and twenty year old Charlene Mills of Valdosta are both charged with one count of reckless conduct. Mills also faces charges of false imprisonment.

Investigators say both women were aware Dr. Charles Rossmann was performing an illegal abortion on the woman, who was 30 weeks pregnant. Mills was the last person to leave the woman unattended.

The women were taken to Lowndes County jail, but bonded out. Police took out a warrant for Rossmann's arrest on May 20, but still haven't been able to locate him.

"We've got a nationwide lookout for him, so if he tries to leave the country, we should be notified," said Sgt. Steve Owens, Investigator. "We hope he didn't already leave the country before we posted the lookout."

Two additional charges of criminal abortion were filed against Rossmann, after two more women admitted he'd given them illegal abortions.

The baby died last week at Shand's hospital.

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