For Immediate Release - March 28, 2007

Lawrence Woman Indicted For Procuring Miscarriage

An Essex County Grand Jury today indicted Amber Abreu, 18, of Lawrence, charging her with procuring a miscarriage. She is expected to be arraigned in Salem Superior Court within the next two weeks.

Abreu went to Lawrence General Hospital on January 6, 2007, complaining of abdominal pains. Shortly thereafter she gave birth to her daughter Ashley, who weighed 1 ¼ pound. The baby was transported to New England Medical Center in Boston where she died four days later.

It is alleged that Abreu had taken three pills, later determined to be Misoprostol, in order to miscarry the baby. It is believed she was 25 weeks pregnant at the time.

The case will be prosecuted by Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall. Abreu is represented by Attorney Amanda Barker of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.