In a “twisted” scheme, prosecutors allege a Pennsylvania college student apparently tried to force an abortion on his newly pregnant girlfriend by giving her water mixed with liquid bleach, PEOPLE confirms.
Theophilous Washington, 20, is charged with attempted murder of an unborn child and reckless endangerment and is held on $1 million bail, according to authorities.
Washington, a junior at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania, allegedly gave his girlfriend — who is two months pregnant — the tainted water as she was leaving his apartment Thursday around midnight, according to a statement from prosecutors.
She drank it as she returned to her room on campus and, soon after, experienced a burning sensation in her throat before vomiting uncontrollably. She called 911, and Washington was arrested Friday, according to prosecutors.
“Washington admitted to putting bleach in the water bottle,” the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office alleged in a statement. “He had stated previously that he did not want the female to have the child.”
A doctor who later examined Washington’s girlfriend believes she will be fine. Her unborn child was unharmed by the bleach, prosecutors said.
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Washington was arraigned last week but did not enter a plea. Court officials tell PEOPLE that he has no attorney on record who could comment on his behalf.
“The charges are twisted and the intended result nothing short of horrifying,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Friday. “There is no greater call in law enforcement than to protect the most vulnerable among us, and there are none more vulnerable than the unborn.”
A preliminary hearing in the case will be scheduled in the coming weeks.
Prosecutors said their investigation continues, and “additional charges could be filed.”