An Aiken woman was sentenced to six years probation after pleading guilty in Indiana to practicing midwifery without a license.
Carol Velasquez, 50, originally faced 17 felony charges – 12 counts of unlawful practice of medicine and five counts of obtaining or procuring prescription drugs.
She pleaded guilty earlier this year to two felony counts of practicing midwifery without a license and was sentenced last week to six years of probation, according to The Indianapolis Star. She is prohibited from providing midwife services or prescribing medication during that time period.
According to the indictments handed down by a grand jury in March 2013, Velasquez illegally administrated prescription drugs, including pitocin and cyotec, in order to induce or accelerate labor in births in 2009 and 2010, one of which resulted in the death of a newborn. It has not been revealed whether or not the newborn's death was related to Velasquez's actions.
Velasquez, a resident of Aiken, though formerly of Indiana, is a licensed midwife in South Carolina; however, she was not licensed to practice in Indiana. She declined to speak in court during her sentencing last week, according to Indiana reports.
Velasquez has maintained a group of vocal supporters throughout the court proceedings, including a Facebook group titled “Support Carol Velasquez.”
“The amount of falsehoods and hypocrisy everyone witnessed from this case is utterly disgusting,” a January posting on the page read. “The good news is that she and others involved now have more ammunition to fight back twice as hard.”
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.