ARLINGTON, Va. - In May 2017, Sikander Imran had just moved from Rochester to Arlington to work in hematology and oncology at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital.
His girlfriend, Brook Fiske, a nurse and 17 weeks pregnant, made the trek from Rochester, so longtime “on and off again” couple could plan how they would “raise the child.”
But the child, Makkai, was never born. Imran spiked Fiske’s drink, aborting the child without her consent on May 24, 2017.
On Thursday, Imran pleaded guilty to fetal homicide, a felony, in Arlington County Court.
“He didn't want want me to have a baby so he tried to talk me into getting an abortion which I didn't want to do,” said Fiske.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and Fiske both acknowledge that at one point, Fiske did claim she would abort the child “but didn’t mean it.”
Fiske said she made the false claim after Imran had allegedly “tried to kill himself.” She said she told him she would have an abortion if he saw a psychiatrist. "I never intended on having an abortion, I just wanted him to get help..." after, she alleges he told her he "knew" she was lying.
That didn’t stop him.
“I got to the bottom of my cup of tea in the evening there was a gritty substance in there," said Fiske.
The substance, misoprostol, is the same drug the couple used to abort their first child in 2015.
This time, however, it was unwelcome. Imran snuck it in Fiskes’ tea and morning coffee. Within hours, she started having contractions.
“He immediately started crying and said that he was a horrible person and that he had done what I thought he did,” said Fiske.
She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she lost baby Makkai.
“Especially for my (youngest) son it's been really devastating… he often talks about his brother missing his brother he talks about his brother not being here,” said Fiske.
Despite the pain -- she says she doesn't want to see Imran.
“There's both a sense of closure and a sense of emptiness. On one hand, I lost a child and I'll never get him back and for the rest of my life,” said Fiske.
She says that prison won't bring the child back, nor will it get Imran the mental help she believes he needs.
Imran will be sentenced in May, 2018. A native of Pakistan, he most likely faces deportation after he serves his time. This piece was a joint effort with our sister station, WROC in Rochester.