A grand jury indicted 31-year-old Anna Yocca last week on an attempted murder charge

By Chris Harris
December 14, 2015 01:55 PM
Murfreesboro Police Department

A 31-year-old Tennessee woman was indicted last week for allegedly trying to abort her unborn baby with a coat hanger six months into her pregnancy.

A grand jury moved last week to indict Murfreesboro resident Anna Yocca. She faces a charge of attempted murder, according to arrest records obtained by PEOPLE. The indictment comes about three months after Yocca allegedly tried to abort her unborn child.

Yocca is being held in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on December 21 to enter a plea to the charge.

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Her arrest report claims Yocca allegedly filled the bathtub in her home and “took a coat hanger and attempted to self-abort her pregnancy.”

When she began bleeding profusely, Yocca “became concerned about her safety” and her boyfriend took her to the nearest hospital.

Doctors were able to save the child, who weighed just 1.5 pounds, according to police.

Police interviewed doctors and nurses at the hospital who claimed Yocca told them she wanted to terminate the pregnancy.

The arrest report claims medical professionals told detectives the infant boy’s “quality of life will be forever harmed” by Yocca’s alleged actions.

The baby will need oxygen and daily medications to deal with injuries he’d sustained to the lungs, eyes, and heart during the alleged attempt, according to the arrest report.

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