By MARYCLAIRE DALE
FILE – In this March 8, 2010 file photo, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is seen during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney’s office in Philadelphia. Gosnell, an abortion doctor who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women at the Women’s Medical Society, started trial Monday, March 18, 2013, on eight counts of murder, but prosecutors say he’s not the only person to blame for the deaths. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim, File) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A medical assistant admits she cut the spines of at least 10 babies during unorthodox abortions at a Philadelphia clinic.
And she says Dr. Kermit Gosnell did the same to terminate pregnancies.
Gosnell, the clinic owner, is on trial for murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies.
Prosecutors say he killed late-term babies after they were born alive, in violation of state abortion laws. Gosnell’s lawyer denies the murder charges and disputes the gestational ages, calling them inexact estimates.
Employee Adrienne Moton says she took a cellphone photograph of one baby because she thought he could have survived, given his size and pinkish color. She had measured the fetus at nearly 30 weeks. Jurors saw the photograph Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Moton also admits administering narcotics. She has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and awaits sentencing.