MIAMI - A Hialeah abortion clinic owner's lawyer this afternoon said his client will plead not guilty to accusations she delivered a live baby during a botched procedure and then threw the infant away.

"We will vigorously fight these charges," said Alberto Milian, a Coral Gables lawyer representing Belkis Gonzalez, 43, of Miramar.

Gonzalez was arrested Tuesday and charged with practicing medicine without a license and tampering with evidence, both felonies, said Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade State Attorney's office.

If found guilty, Gonzalez would face at least a year in prison and up to 15 years.

The teenage mother, Sycloria Williams, has filed a lawsuit alleging that Gonzalez knocked the infant off the chair where she had given birth, and then scooped the baby, placenta and afterbirth into a red plastic biohazard bag, and threw it out.

The clinic's doctor, Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique, had been scheduled to perform the procedure, but Williams went into labor after being given drugs to dilate her cervix and waiting for hours for Renelique to arrive, the suit said.

The doctor has said he had been on his way to the Hialeah clinic when he was called to treat another patient who was bleeding.

Last month, the Board of Medicine revoked Renelique's license for committing medical malpractice, delegating responsibility to unlicensed personnel and failing to keep an accurate medical record.

Williams was 23 weeks pregnant when the incident happened in 2006.

The baby's body had decomposed by the time authorities found it eight days later, said Griffith, the attorney's office spokesman.

Authorities were unable to definitively determine the cause of death -- and Gonzalez's role in it -- preventing the State Attorney's Office from charging her with murder or manslaughter, Griffith said.

Gonzalez posted $50,000 bond and was released from jail Tuesday before a hearing scheduled for this morning, Griffith said. But Janelle Hall, a spokeswoman for the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, said no such hearing was scheduled.

"That information would have been indicated on an arrest form. It was not indicated on that form," Hall said.

Williams struggled with the decision to have an abortion, Tom Pennekamp, a Miami attorney representing Williams in her lawsuit against Renelique (ren-uh-LEEK') and the clinic owners. She declined an interview request made through him.

She concluded she didn't have the resources or maturity to raise a child, he said, and went to the Miramar Women's Center on July 17, 2006.

Sonograms indicated she was 23 weeks pregnant, according to the Department of Health. She met Renelique at a second clinic two days later.

Renelique gave Williams laminaria, a drug that dilates the cervix, and prescribed three other medications, according to the administrative complaint filed by the Health Department. She was told to go to yet another clinic, A Gyn Diagnostic Center in Hialeah, where the procedure would be performed the next day, on July 20, 2006.

Williams arrived in the morning and was given more medication.

The Department of Health account continues as follows: Just before noon she began to feel ill. The clinic contacted Renelique. Two hours later, he still hadn't shown up. Williams went into labor and delivered the baby.

"She came face to face with a human being," Pennekamp said. "And that changed everything."

At 23 weeks, an otherwise healthy fetus would have a slim but legitimate chance of survival. Quadruplets born at 23 weeks last year at The Nebraska Medical Center survived.

An autopsy determined Williams' baby -- she named her Shanice -- had filled her lungs with air, meaning she had been born alive, according to the Department of Health. The cause of death was listed as extreme prematurity.

The case has riled the anti-abortion community, which contends the clinic's actions constitute murder.

"The baby was just treated as a piece of garbage," said Tom Brejcha, president of The Thomas More Society, a law firm that is also representing Williams. "People all over the country are just aghast."

Even those who support abortion rights are concerned about the allegations.

"It really disturbed me," said Joanne Sterner, president of the Broward County chapter of the National Organization for Women, after reviewing the administrative complaint against Renelique. "I know that there are clinics out there like this. And I hope that we can keep (women) from going to these types of clinics."
Where I come from, if you threaten somebody to get them to give you money they call that robbery or extortion. However, apparently, Al Sharpton is above the law:

He's been threatening companies with boycotts and race rallies unless they contribute to his charity. It reminds me of the song in Chicago:
     There's a lot of favors
     I'm prepared to do
     You do one for Mama
     She'll do one for you.

Well, it's nice to see the Post strike back.

My guess? This is the Somali pirates striking back due to the increased risk of the developed nations coming down on them. If you just drag anchors through there long enough, you'll cut the cables.
Wow, here is a pipe dream:

Russian Analyst Predicts Decline and Break-Up of the USA.

That's good for a chuckle.
The FLDS kids are finally being reunited with their parents:
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that CPS overstepped their authority, and that the FLDS kids are to be returned to their families.
Woman dies after 58 years in an iron lung:

...due to power failure. Wow.

She got a diploma, a degree, and wrote a book.

Oh, also a reminder on why vaccinating your kids might still be a good idea.


May. 22nd, 2008 08:14 am
West Haven Woman arrested because her handgun showed up in a picture on MySpace:

I thought paying the cops to scour MySpace and related sites was an acceptable plan to catch child predators, but now they are arresting people for pictures of their guns being handled by their kids? Also, a guy in Wisconsin is being prosecuted for child-porn for posting naked pictures of his girlfriend that she took herself and emailed to him.

How in the hell did we get to this point? We keep electing nanny-state gun-grabbers and then are surprised when we end up with a police state!

The potential for abuse of this stuff is simply unlimited. A malicious teen takes a naked picture of self, emails it to teacher/principal/parent/enemy, and then immediately calls the cops. Good luck defending yourself on that one! Or, as an alternative, angry husband takes wife's pistol from safe, makes sure it's clear, hands it to kid, takes picture, calls cops... We have at least one prosecutor in this state that refuses to drop criminal charges against a dead man, do you think he cares if your kid, girlfriend or husband set you up?

Next time some bozo politico is proposing tough new laws on X, take a minute and try and think about how an overzealous prosecutor can you that law against your family, friends, and neighbors. Are you sure you really need that law, or would enforcement of the existing laws be enough?
Word of the day:

Beehive Theory: noun, the idea that the big ugly mess over there is better not touched whatsoever, referring to the avoidance of disturbing a beehive or hornet's nest.

Protect the chirrun from the evil fuzzy-wuzzies!
This is crazy stuff. These guys were anywhere from 6 weeks to hours away from beginning their attacks on U.S. bound jetliners:
It appears that we still aren't paying enough for gas, at least in the minds of the Democratic Church of Global-Warming:,2933,339589,00.html
I went to school with Ben years ago, and he's recently posted an amusing list of sins the Catholic Church is considering (heh):

These supplement the brand-new sins of "becoming obscenely wealthy" and "causing poverty."
New Haven honors student suspended for buying a bag of skittles:

We have a black market in Skittles in the New Haven schools, now? And we blame the KIDS for this?!?!
February 29, 2008

Mayor DeStefano:

I am deeply disappointed by the comments you made following the most recent shootings in your city Monday that suggest the State of Connecticut is somehow not doing enough to prevent - or worse yet, somehow bears responsibility for - the plague of violence and crime in your city.

Your statements Tuesday that "our probation system is failing to take [released prisoners] off the streets" and "we cannot keep dumping people back out here" demonstrate a frankly shocking unfamiliarity with the true nature of the problem.

Of the three shootings that occurred Monday, none involved individuals under the supervision of the Department of Correction. Moreover, the Department of Correction does not "dump" released prisoners in New Haven or in any other city. What it does do is return former prisoners to their home towns.

You are apparently unaware that of the number of inmates incarcerated today, a total of 12 percent report a New Haven residence. (Indeed, if I were in an ironic frame of mind, perhaps I might complain about the City of New Haven "dumping" its problems with drugs, violence, theft and other crimes on the State of Connecticut.)

You also appear to be unaware that nearly $5.5 million was spent in 2007 on residential and non-residential services for former prisoners in New Haven, or that the Office of Parole and Community Services, operated by the Department of Correction, has 23 parole officers, two substance abuse counselors and two case managers dedicated to New Haven.

You are apparently unaware that in conjunction with the Connecticut Intelligence Center the New Haven Police Department is provided a weekly list of all releases prior to discharge, or that information on all gang members and offenders who served time for weapons charges is also provided prior to discharge.

Nor do you seem to be aware that a full-time DOC staff member works with your police department on the Safe Streets gun task force, or that Parole and Community Services staff have an active and on-going relationship with the police department.

And nowhere have you acknowledged the extraordinary assistance - almost entirely at state taxpayer expense - that the Connecticut State Police have provided to the City of New Haven because of the appalling corruption uncovered by a federal investigation into the narcotics unit of the New Haven Police Department. This is all the more tragic in a city where so much of the crime and gang violence is fueled by the narcotics trade.

Moreover, this assistance from the State Police comes on the heels of many years of narcotics, auto theft and other investigation assistance provided to New Haven police by state troopers. In fact, no other Connecticut community has received the degree of support from state police that has been given to New Haven.

Finally, I would also direct your attention to the numerous proposals contained in my mid-term budget adjustments that focus on criminal justice, particularly my calls to add $566,000 in funding for the Connecticut Offender Re-entry Program in the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, which helps inmates with serious psychiatric disabilities, and $100,000 for a DMHAS pilot program that targets people in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford who tend to cycle between prison and homelessness.

Doubtless you will also want to support my proposal to add $500,000 in funding for Urban Youth Violence Prevention programs, as well as funding for the Department of Social Services so it can determine eligibility for State-Administered General Assistance benefits for former inmates with health needs.

I have every confidence that the members of the Appropriations Committee would welcome your testimony should you wish to come to Hartford and speak in favor of these proposals.

There is no question that the City of New Haven faces many difficult issues. It is also clear that resolving these difficulties will require genuine leadership. Key to that leadership is an honest appraisal of the problem and a willingness to work constructively with the other stakeholders. I trust you will adopt a more productive tack in the future.


M. Jodi Rell




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