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Former Gosnell employee latest to testify about Gosnell’s “House of Horrors”

by | Apr 9, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Sherry West

Sherry West

Under questioning by the attorney for abortionist Kermit Gosnell, Sherry West, a former employee of Gosnell’s, “recanted her guilty plea to administering some of the sedative that anesthetized–and killed–Karnamaya Mongar, 41, on Nov. 19, 2009,” the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Joseph A. Slobodzian reported.

Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore “then reviewed West’s plea bargain again, and West admitted she voluntarily pleaded guilty hoping for leniency when she is sentenced,” according to Slobodzian. She was charged with third degree murder in Mongar’s death.

West, 53, cried and sobbed as she testified.

Earlier in the day, West’s testimony painted a picture of a woman who hated her job but took it because she needed the money. Her most riveting testimony concerned a “problem” she was asked to help with four years ago.

Questioned by Pescatore, West explained (according to Slobodzian’s account)

“There was this clear glass pan and I saw it and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’” West testified. “It wasn’t fully developed,” West said, referring to the 18- to 24-inch long newborn in the pan. It didn’t have eyes or a mouth but it was like screeching, making this noise. It was weird, it sounded like a little alien.”

West testified she called the baby a “specimen” because “it was easier to deal with mentally. “

“It really freaked me out and I said call Dr. Gosnell and I went back out front,” West said. West told the jury she didn’t know what happened  to the child, one of the largest babies she had seen delivered during abortion procedures at Gosnell’s clinic.

West also testified  that  she often saw women who looked pregnant beyond 24 weeks. In Pennsylvania, 24 weeks is the limit for abortions. ‘”They looked like they shouldn’t have been there,” West said. “Their bellies were big.”

In addition to the charge of third degree murder in  the death of Mrs. Mongar, Gosnell is charged with seven counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of viable babies aborted alive and then allegedly murdered when their spinal cords were slit.

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