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Man pleads guilty to attempted murder after giving pregnant girlfriend bleach water to kill their unborn child

A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty to attempted murder Tuesday after he was accused of putting bleach in his pregnant girlfriend’s water a year ago.

Theophilous Washington, 21, admitted to putting bleach into a water bottle and giving it to his girlfriend, who was two months pregnant at the time, last October.

Washington gave her the tainted water one morning after she spent the night in his dorm room at Millersville University, according to Fox News. The woman left, went back to her dorm, then reportedly felt a burning sensation in her throat. She began to throw up and called 911.

According to a statement from prosecutors, police said at the time that the 21-year-old admitted to putting bleach in the water because he didn’t want her to have the child.

“Washington, the father of the child, admitted to putting bleach in the water bottle. He had stated previously that he did not want the female to have the child,” prosecutors reportedly said. 

At the time of his arrest, Washington was charged with a misdemeanor count of recklessly endangering another person and a felony count of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder of an unborn child, according to Lancaster Online.

District Attorney Craig Stedman told the news outlet that the charges against Washington were “twisted and the intended result nothing short of horrifying.”

Washington was placed on a $1 million bond at the time of his arrest.

The woman and her newborn baby are believed to be unharmed by the incident.

Fox 43 reports the attempted murder charge is in connection with the child.

[Feature photo: Lancaster County Prison]