"I thought it would be a blob thing, but bigger, not a baby," she said. "She looked like a Water Baby. Like those dolls you fill up with water. She was really little, like this," she said, holding her hands about 12 inches apart.
According to Williams, Gonzalez, the clinic’s owner, who has no health care licensing, came into the waiting room, cut the umbilical cord, and scooped Shanice’s body into a red biohazard bag, sealed it and tossed it into a trash can.
She recalls begging God for help and trying to listen to the staff. They only gave her Motrin for her pain because Renelique had not yet arrived. "Everyone was panicking," Williams said.
According to the lawsuit, the doctor arrived about 60 minutes after Williams delivered Shanice. No one called an ambulance. The lawsuit also states that Renelique gave Williams a shot to put her to sleep: "She awoke after the procedure and was sent home still in complete shock."
She said while Shane was driving her home, she told him, "I don’t think that baby was dead." Answering almost as if he did not hear correctly, Shane asked, "What do you mean? Are you sure?"
The next day, Hialeah homicide detectives, tipped off by an anonymous caller, arrived at Sycloria’s residence to question her. Then, on July 22, 2006, they executed a search warrant at the clinic, but didn’t find the baby’s decomposing body until six days later, in a cardboard box in a closet at A GYN.
Sycloria told the Florida Catholic that she still recalls the most startling part: Her 23-week-old pregnancy looked like an actual baby. "They never said anything to me that would make me think it was a baby. They never said anything like ‘baby,’ ‘fetus.’ Nothing. They only said things like ‘termination’ and ‘pregnancy’ and ‘termination of pregnancy’," "They cheated me because they didn’t tell me everything and the doctor wasn’t there."
She then said she and other post-abortive women need love, support and family. She also has changed her mind about abortion. "No one should lose their life if you get pregnant," she said. "If I got pregnant again I would have the baby."
Her advice to women in unplanned or crisis pregnancies: "I would tell them not to do it. I’ll say whatever to make them have second thoughts so they don’t do it... There is help out there."
After it was confirmed that the baby was born alive, Williams finally buried her daughter, Shanice Denise Osbourne, last November in the children’s section of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale. Her small white casket was escorted by the honor guard of Hialeah police officers and Knights of Columbus. Father Dominic O’Dwyer, pastor of St. Malachy Parish in Tamarac, conducted the graveside service.
The Archdiocese of Miami donated the plot.
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"When you see a small white casket like that, you can’t help but be struck by the reality of what happened to her," said Thomas L. Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, which is representing Shanice’s mother, Sycloria Shante Williams, in a lawsuit against the abortion clinic.
The Florida Catholic article makes clear that the case of Shanice Denise Osbourne has unveiled a vast network of abortion-related medical malpractice: two co-workers at the Hialeah center were arrested for the unlicensed practice of medicine, two doctors who performed abortions at that clinic were found to be unlicensed and the Florida Department of Health filed an order of "emergency restriction" against Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique and later revoked his medical license.
Read the full Florida Catholic story here: http://www.thefloridacatholic.org/mia/2009_mia/2009_miaarticles/20090205_mia_shanice.php