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Man accused of trying to kill his unborn child

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — A central Wisconsin man is accused of trying to kill his unborn child by putting abortion pills into a bottle of water that was meant to be drunk by the woman carrying the fetus.

Thirty-two-year-old Jeffrey Smith is charged with attempted first-degree homicide of an unborn baby and delivering a prescription drug. A Marathon County judge set bond for Smith at $500,000 cash on Wednesday afternoon.

A criminal complaint says Smith wanted the woman to get an abortion after learning in October that she was pregnant with his child and that he became angry when she said she intended to keep the baby.

Prosecutors say Smith, during a visit to the woman’s home in Wausau in January, spiked her water with medication to induce an abortion . An assistant state public defender handling Smith’s case did not immediately return a call for comment.

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