PHILADELPHIA — A former abortion clinic worker capped the five-week-old murder trial of her ex-boss with powerful testimony that she saw more than 10 babies breathe before they were killed.
“I thought they were breathing,” Kareema Cross testified Thursday, saying she saw their chests go up and down. “He would say they’re not really breathing.”
Cross, 28, is the final prosecution witness in the capital murder case against Kermit Gosnell. The doctor is charged in the deaths of a patient and seven babies allegedly born alive.
Cross also described seeing three babies move and hearing a fourth give a “soft whine.” The defense has denied that the babies were born alive.
Cross, who worked at the clinic from 2005 to 2009, said she was so disturbed by its operation that she 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 busy clinic in West Philadelphia. A 2010 FBI raid over Gosnell’s separate pain management practice ultimately led to its closure.
Cross’s direct testimony encompassed many of the charges against Gosnell and nine co-
defendants. She said she routinely saw Gosnell abort babies who were past the state’s 24-week abortion limit.
She admitted that she studied only to be a medical assistant but performed ultrasounds, gave anesthesia drugs and helped perform abortions.
Cross has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges for administering medications at the clinic and hopes to get probation for her cooperation.