Couple indicted for terminating pregnancy at home

Kalina V.E. Gillum, 21, of Lexington, OH and Braden C. Mull, 25, of Newark, OH.


Kalina V.E. Gillum was in the third trimester of her pregnancy last September when she took 12 misoprostol tablets that she and her boyfriend, Braden C. Mull had ordered from India.


"The intention was to induce labor and terminate her pregnancy. She was in her third trimester, so she (was) between 28 and 29 weeks pregnant at the time," Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Jenny Gonzalez-Wells said in a press release.


According to Hayes, Gillum gave birth the following day to a boy in the bathroom of the apartment that she shared with Mull.


"Prior to and following the birth of the child, Mull and Gillum were engaged in text communications. After the birth of the child, neither one of them called 911 or sought any emergency medical treatment for the child and the child did not live," Gonzalez-Wells said.


The following day shortly after 1 a.m., Gillum and Mull went to the Licking Memorial Hospital at which point medical staff contacted law enforcement.  Officers responded to both the hospital and the couple's apartment.  At the apartment they discovered the body of the baby, identified as Cayden Gillum/Mull according to the Newark Advocate, inside of a shoe box, inside of a trash bag.


Prosecutors stated that there was nothing medically wrong with the boy, but that Gillum and Mull had decided they did not want another child.  The couple has one child together that Gonzalez-Wells stated is not in their custody.


Prosecutors indicated that they awaited the results of the coroner's report among other items before presenting the case to a grand jury for possible indictment.  On February 5th, the Licking County Grand Jury returned indictments for both Gillum and Mull.  They were arrested without incident on February 8th.


Gillum, 21, and Mull, 25, are both charged with abuse of a corpse, endangering children, involuntary manslaughter, and tampering with evidence.  They are both being held in the Licking County Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bond.


They are both due to appear in court again on February 18th.



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