Man accused of putting bleach in pregnant girlfriend's water is charged with attempted murder

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A Pennsylvania university student accused of putting bleach in his pregnant girlfriend's water in an attempt to harm her foetus has been charged with attempted murder.

Twenty-year-old Theophilous Washington, of Washington, DC, is also charged in Lancaster County with reckless endangering.

(Beth J. Harpaz/AP)
The woman is a student at the University of Pennsylvania (Beth J Harpaz/AP)

Prosecutors allege that he suggested the woman drink from a water bottle early on Friday, but she fell ill after returning to her on-campus Millersville University room and called the emergency services.

They also allege that Washington acknowledged having put bleach in the water bottle and had previously said he didn't want her to have the child. They say the woman and her foetus appear unharmed.

Washington remains in custody on US$1 million (£820,000) bail.