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Purvi Patel Resentenced, Could Be Released Immediately
Updated September 1, 2016 7:36 AM
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(SOUTH BEND) - WNDU reports Purvi Patel has been re-sentenced, and she could be released from prison immediately.

The Granger woman took abortion-inducing pills in July 2013 and put her newborn in a dumpster behind her family's restaurant.

In July of this year, the Indiana Court of Appeals threw out Patel's feticide conviction and reduced her neglect of a dependent conviction from a class A felony to a class D felony.

Yesterday, Patel was re-sentenced to 18 months for the neglect of a dependent charge.

Women's advocacy groups say the case marked the first time a state feticide law was used against a woman because of an alleged self-induced abortion.

Patel's attorneys said the feticide laws prosecutors used don't apply to Patel's alleged actions.

State lawyers argued that Patel's infant was just beyond the threshold of viability and took at least one breath before dying.

Doctors determined the baby was about 25 weeks old.

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