PHILADELPHIA -- A former abortion clinic worker capped the five-week murder trial of her former boss with powerful testimony that she saw more than 10 babies breathe before they were killed.
"I thought they were breathing," Kareema Cross testified yesterday, saying she saw their chests go up and down. "He would say they're not really breathing."
Cross, 28, was the final prosecution witness in the capital murder case against Dr. Kermit Gosnell, charged in the deaths of a patient and seven babies allegedly born alive.
She also described seeing three babies move, one after being born in a toilet, and heard a fourth give a "soft whine." Cross, who worked at the clinic from 2005 to 2009, took photos and called authorities, although she gave a relative's name.
A 2011 grand jury report blasts state and city officials for failing to inspect or shutter Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic. A 2010 FBI raid on Gosnell's separate pain management practice ultimately led to its closing.
Under defense questioning, Cross said she saw babies move after their necks had been cut. The defense argues that any movement seen was a post-mortem reflex. It will ask the judge Monday to dismiss the eight murder counts for lack of evidence. The prosecution rested its case Thursday. -- AP