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Published on May 28, 2024
Brookline Beau Charged with Baby Busting Bait-and-Switch, Allegedly Peddles Poison as PrenatalsSource: Unsplash/ Hal Gatewood

A Brookline man is facing serious charges after allegedly tricking his pregnant girlfriend into taking pills that induced a miscarriage, officials said. Robert Kawada, 43, was hit with a trio of charges including poisoning, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a pregnant person, and assault and battery on a household or family member, according to a joint statement from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Watertown Chief of Police Justin Hanrahan.

The alleged deception surfaced after an investigation into Kawada's relationship with the victim, with whom he was romantically involved. Officials assert that Kawada masqueraded the drugs as harmless vitamins and iron supplements for the unsuspecting woman. After the woman took the medication, one pill identified as Misoprostol, she tragically lost her pregnancy in a miscarriage, as reported by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Kawada was nabbed by Watertown cops last Friday and is slated for his day in court for arraignment at Waltham District Court on Tuesday. While the case unfolds, the Watertown Police and the District Attorney's Office remain tight-lipped as their investigation is ongoing.

As the case progresses, its implications stir a turbulent sea in the ongoing debates surrounding reproductive rights and crimes against pregnant individuals. The nature of Kawada's alleged betrayal throws a harsh light on such violences, that not only violate bodily autonomy but also the trust fundamental to intimate relationships. Details will continue to surface as, the District Attorney's Office and local law enforcement unpick the thread of this distressing affair.