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(SD)-Placenta Sample Ok'ed For Evidence In Statutory Rape Trial

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/19/2019 03:05 PM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A placenta sample taken from a Denver abortion clinic without a warrant will be used as evidence in a statutory rape trial in South Dakota after the state Supreme Court last month declined to hear a challenge to its admission.

     A Rapid City girl mentioned while getting an abortion in Denver last year that she was 15 when she became pregnant by her 25-year-old boyfriend. The clinic told Denver police, who turned over a placenta sample to a Rapid City detective.

     DNA testing showed that the boyfriend, Nathan Hankins, couldn't be excluded as the father and he was charged in September with 4th-degree rape. Hankins is scheduled for trial on Jan. 28.


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