Wis. Rapids man pleads not guilty in spiked drink abortion scheme

A 33-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man accused of attempting to kill his unborn child by spiking the mother’s water bottle with a drug designed to terminate a pregnancy pleaded not guilty Tuesday, according to online Marathon County records.

Jeffrey S. Smith is charged with two felonies – attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child and delivery of prescription drugs – in an incident at a Wausau home Jan. 27.

No trial date was immediately set.

The 20-year-old mother who was 20 weeks pregnant told investigators Smith, who wanted her to get an abortion, spiked the water when she went to the bathroom, the criminal complaint said.

After he left that night, she noticed "residue" in the bottom of the water bottle, didn’t drink it and took it to police the next day, the complaint said.

Testing found the prescription drug Mifepristone in the water.

Dr. Paul Kerns, an Aspirus Hospital specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, told investigators the drug has only one purpose – to terminate a pregnancy – by blocking a hormone essential for the healthy development of a fetus, essentially causing it to die, the complaint said.

According to the complaint:

The woman – identified in court records by her initials – told investigators Smith was upset when informed she was pregnant and they discussed abortion and adoption. "He did not want to have anything to do with the child."

In text messages between October and late January, Smith urged her to get an abortion because "it’s for the best," advising "you take a pill…They watch you do it. It’s that simple. Side affects are virtually 0."

The woman told Smith abortion was not an option and she continued to give him updates about the baby, including a doctor’s appointment where she might learn the sex.

After testing found the drug in the woman’s water bottle, officers searched Smith’s home and found packaging labeled Misoprostol – a drug that serves different purposes, including inducing labor.

adwpadmin

adwpadmin

More News

STORMTRACK 9 WEATHER

Wausau
34°
Eagle River
32°
Rhinelander
33°
Stevens Point
34°
Wisconsin Rapids
35°
Marshfield
32°
Cool Fall Weather Continues

Cool Fall Weather Continues

Today: Mostly cloudy early then more breaks of sun during the afternoon. High: 43 Wind: NW 10-20 gusting to 25

Click for forecast details
Connect With Us
Top Stories

Stabbing in Stevens Point

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) — The Stevens Point Police Department is investigating a stabbing. According to a press release from

Tigerton man dead in lumberyard incident

TIGERTON (WAOW) – A 46-year-old Tigerton man died Thursday in an industrial accident at Tigerton Lumber Co. Scott Spiegal died

Missed the WAOW Meth Special Report? Watch in its entirety here!

For more meth special content from WAOW and our affiliates, be sure to check out the rest of our Meth:

UPDATE: Possible sighting of missing Wisconsin teen in Miami, couple killed identified

UPDATE:  Authorities said someone who looks like Jayme Closs, a missing teen from Wisconsin, was seen at a gas station in

Report: Shelter in hurricane’s path warns it will euthanize animals if they aren’t adopted

An upsetting report from the Washington Post indicates that, for animals left behind or abandoned as people flee the Carolinas' coasts, the

Scroll to top
Skip to content