NEWARK – The first of two trials for a Licking County couple accused of attempting to terminate a late-term pregnancy and failing to seek medical care for the infant who later died is set to begin Tuesday.
Braden C. Mull, 26, of Newark, and his girlfriend, Kalina V.E. Gillum, 22, of Lexington, were each indicted in February on charges of involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; endangering children, a third-degree felony; tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony; and abuse of a corpse, a fifth-degree felony.
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Following the indictment, Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Jenny Gonzalez-Wells told The Advocate the indictment, which was unsealed in February following the couple’s arrest, stemmed from a September 2019 incident.
The prosecutor explained on Sept. 18, 2019, Gillum took 12 misoprostol tablets at she and Mull’s Heath residence, which they had ordered from India earlier that month.
“The intention was to induce labor and terminate her pregnancy. She was in her third trimester, so she (was) between 28 and 29 weeks pregnant at the time,” Gonzalez-Wells said.
The following day, the prosecutor said, Gillum gave birth to a boy in the bathroom of their apartment. She said following the birth, neither Gillum nor Mull sought medical treatment for the child, who did not survive. She noted the Licking County Coroner’s Office indicated there was nothing medically wrong with the child.
In the early morning hours of Sept. 20, 2019, Gonzalez-Wells said Gillum and Mull went to Licking Memorial Hospital and medical staff contacted law enforcement after Gillum appeared with her umbilical cord exposed, but no baby.
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During a search of their apartment, the prosecutor said Heath police found the baby’s body in a shoe box inside a trash bag.
Evidence from the case, the prosecutor said, will show the couple jointly planned to purchase the pills and terminate the pregnancy, knowing Gillum was in her third trimester because they did not want another child. Gonzalez-Wells noted Gillum and Mull already have a child together.
According to Licking County court records, Gillum’s trial is set for Nov. 3 following a pre-trial conference later this week.