A 31-year-old Tennessee woman has been charged with attempted first degree murder after trying to perform an abortion on herself at home. The Murfreesboro woman, Anna Yocco, is being accused of attempting to abort her 24-week-old baby without the assistance of a licensed medical professional in the bathtub of her residence with a common household coat hanger.
According to reports, Yocco had filled her bathtub with water and attempted to brutally terminate her pregnancy with the object, however, when she began bleeding she became concerned over her well-being. It is at this point that Yocco enlisted the assistance of her boyfriend who drove her to hospital where she received medical treatment for her self-inflicted wounds.
Murfreesboro Police Sergeant Kyle Evans recalled Yoccos sickeningly callous demeanor, stating that The whole time she was concerned for her health, her safety and never gave any attention to the health and safety of the unborn child.
Yoccas boyfriend took her to the hospital where doctors delivered a 24-week-old baby weighing just 1.5 pounds. Doctors told investigators the child will need medical support for the rest of his life because of the injuries he sustained.
Authorities said the baby had damage to his lungs, eyes and heart due to Yoccas actions, NewsChannel5 reported.
Although Saint Thomas Midtown was able to save Baby Yocca, they indicated to me that his quality of life will be forever harmed, Detective Tommy Roberts told the News Journal.
Yocca is due in court Dec. 21. Jail officials did not know whether she had an attorney.
Yocco remains jailed on a $200,000 bond.