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Indiana Court of Appeals to hear Purvi Patel case

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -

The Indiana Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments in the Purvi Patel case in May. Patel is serving a 20 years sentence for neglect of a dependent and feticide.

Patel was convicted on the charges in February 2015.

The prosecution said Patel purchased drugs over the internet to cause an abortion. After she delivered the baby, she placed it in a dumpster behind her parents' restaurant.

The defense said the baby was stillborn.

Patel was convicted on both counts and sentenced to 30 years in prison on the neglect charge, with 10 years suspended, and 6 years on the feticide charge, to be served concurrently.

Patel appealed the conviction.

The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on Monday, May 23.

The original story incorrectly said the Indiana Supreme Court would hear the case, but the Indiana Court of Appeals will be hearing it. We apologize for the error.

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