(CNN) Remee Lee was elated when she became pregnant, but those feelings quickly turned into a nightmare that won’t let go of her.
This week, John Andrew Welden, 28, pleaded guilty to killing their unborn baby. How? He tricked Lee into taking an abortion pill, causing her to miscarry.
Lee, 26, was in the Florida courtroom Monday, dabbing away tears as her former boyfriend accepted a plea deal that could send him to prison for at least 13 years.
Welden was indicted under the rarely used federal Unborn Victims of Violence Act, a murder charge that carries a life sentence.
Lee has said she was madly in love with Welden when she suspected she was pregnant.
They went together for a sonogram at Welden’s father’s Tampa-area clinic.
The test showed she was six weeks pregnant. Despite her boyfriend’s reluctance, Lee planned to have the baby.
Days later, Welden told Lee that her blood tests had shown that she had an infection and needed to take amoxicillin.
But instead of the antibiotic, Welden brought her Cytotec, a drug that causes contractions.
Welden told her to take three pills a day.
After she took only one pill, Lee was rushed to the hospital with abdominal pain and bleeding.
She lost the baby.
When doctors inspected the pills, it was discovered that they were not antibiotics, but abortion pills.
“There’s just no words for the horror I wake up with every day that this is my reality. There’s no escaping it, there’s no turning it off,” Lee said.
Welden said nothing as he left the courtroom Monday.
Surrounded by security, he silently walked by a group of reporters, got into a black Hummer and was driven away.
Welden is scheduled to be sentenced December 5.