Woman charged with attempted murder after trying to perform own abortion: police

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Tennessee woman faces a first-degree attempted murder charge after allegedly trying to abort her own baby.

Anna Yocca

Anna Yocca

On Wednesday, detectives arrested Murfreesboro woman Anna Yocca and jailed her on $200,000 bond.

In September, Yocca, 31, allegedly took a coat hanger into the bath with her and tried to abort her own baby – but panicked after she began to bleed heavily, the Murfreesboro Post reported.

She was rushed to the emergency room at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital where medics managed to save the child’s life.

The baby, named “Baby Yocca,” weighs just 1.5 pounds and is expected to face various medical problems.  He will have to “remain on oxygen and take medication daily because of problems with his eyes, lungs and heart stemming from damage caused by the coat hanger,” according to the paper.

Other medical problems are expected to develop as he gets older, according to hospital staff.

Detective Tommy Roberts began investigating after Yocca was hospitalized in September, and found out that Yocca made “disturbing statements” to nurses and doctors.

Those statements eventually led to Yocca’s indictment on for attempted murder.

An indictment was made based on the information Roberts gathered.