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Fifth Worker in Kermit Gosnell’s Abortion Clinic Pleads Guilty to Two counts of Murder

by | Nov 11, 2011

Lynda Williams

By Dave Andrusko

Lyndia Williams became the fifth employee of abortionist Kermit Gosnell to plead guilty, in Williams’ case to two counts of third degree murder and four related crime.

Her victims were Karnamaya Mongar who died in November 2009 from a drug overdose prescribed by Gosnell, and “Baby C,” one of the seven babies whose spinal cords were severed after having been born alive and viable. (The Grand Jury report concluded there were hundreds of viable babies killed after they were aborted alive but Gosnell kept no records.)

“It was Williams who actually administered the lethal mixes of Demerol, promethazine and diazepam that killed” Mongar, according to the report.   Mongar, a Bhutanese refugee, was 19 weeks pregnant when she traveled  to Philadelphia from Virginia for an abortion. (See “Gosnell and his staff made inadequate efforts to resuscitate Mrs. Mongar,” an excerpt from the Grand Jury report.)

The Grand Jury also found that Williams killed the baby 20 minutes after its birth in 2006 or 2007 by “snipping” the baby’s spinal cord with surgical scissors.

Williams, 43, told Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner “that she understood what she was doing by pleading guilty and that she could be sent to prison for a long time,” according to the Philadelphia Daily News’s Mensah Dean. “In exchange for her cooperation, Lerner told Williams, of Wilmington, that she would be allowed to serve her state sentence at the same time as any federal sentence she may receive stemming from the case.”

Gosnell, charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of seven babies deaths, and with third-degree murder in the case of the 41-year-old Mongar, is still awaiting trial. Among the remaining defendants is his wife, Pearl, who is charged with performing one late-term abortion and conspiracy.

Williams had previously worked for Gosnell at Atlantic Women’s Medical Services in Delaware. In 2008 Gosnell hired her to work at his Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic in West Philadelphia, initially to clean instruments. But she was soon “anesthetizing abortion patients, performing ultrasounds . . . and dealing with babies born alive while he was not at the clinic,” according to a January grand jury report.

“Gosnell, the only licensed doctor at the clinic, typically did not arrive until late at night to perform abortions, leaving untrained, unlicensed staff to give anesthesia, monitor patients and perform other skilled care, prosecutors allege,” the Associated Press reported. “The grand jury said state regulators did not inspect the clinic for years.”

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