Receptionist: Unlicensed doc fled Pa. clinic raid

FILE - This undated photo released by the Philadelphia District Attorney's office shows Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Women went to Gosnell to end their pregnancies. Many came away with life-threatening infections and punctured organs; some still had fetal parts inside them when they arrived at nearby hospitals in dire need of emergency care. Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which operates two hospitals within a mile of Gosnell's squalid abortion clinic in West Philadelphia, saw at least six of these patients _ two of whom died. But they largely failed in their legal and ethical duties to report their peer's incompetence, according to a grand jury report. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department via Philadelphia District Attorney's Office)
April 12, 2013 12:07:39 AM PDT
A medical receptionist says an unlicensed doctor fled out a back door the night of an FBI raid on a Philadelphia clinic.

Witness Tina Baldwin has testified Thursday at the trial of abortion provider Kermit Gosnel and unlicensed doctor Eileen O'Neill. Gosnell is charged with killing a patient and seven babies, while O'Neill is charged with billing as a doctor.

Baldwin says O'Neill cared about the elderly patients she saw for high blood pressure and diabetes problems. But she says O'Neill wrote prescriptions on a pre-signed pad, even when Gosnell was not working.

On cross-examination, she acknowledged Gosnell often stopped at the clinic on days off. The defense hopes to suggest Gosnell could have authorized the prescriptions.

Baldwin also says that O'Neill called her just after the February 2010 clinic raid to say she had slipped out the back.

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