MILLERSVILLE, Pa. -- A 20-year-old man has been charged with deliberately putting bleach in his pregnant girlfriend’s water bottle in an attempt to harm the unborn child.
Theophilous Washington, a junior at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, is charged with one felony count of attempted murder of an unborn child and a misdemeanor count reckless endangerment.
Washington was arraigned Friday night.
“The charges are twisted and the intended result nothing short of horrifying,” District Attorney Craig Stedman said Friday.
A doctor examined the victim, who is approximately two months pregnant, and the unborn baby. Both are believed to be physically unharmed.
Police said Washington and the woman were in his room Thursday night into Friday morning. As she was leaving, Washington suggested she have a bottle of water from his refrigerator.
The woman drank the water when she returned to her on-campus room and felt a burning sensation in her throat. She vomited and then called 911.
Washington admitted to putting bleach in the water bottle, according to police. He had said previously he did not want his girlfriend to have the child.
Millersville University officials said Friday there was never any threat to the safety of other students.
“This was a horrible, unconscionable event,” said Brian Hazlett, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management. "It is very disturbing to me personally because I consider our students to be our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and we’re doing everything we can to make sure she is OK.
"At no time was anyone else on campus at risk. Because this was a totally isolated incident that did not impact anyone else on campus, a Timely Warning and our MU Alert system were not warranted.”
A preliminary hearing will be scheduled for a date in the coming weeks.
“There is no greater call in law enforcement than to protect the most vulnerable among us and there are none more vulnerable than the unborn,” Stedman said.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be filed.
Washington's bail was set at $1 million.