A man charged with murdering his pregnant real estate agent girlfriend, who was found stabbed to death at the entrance of her New York City apartment, was spared an abortion charge thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new law.
Anthony Hobson, 48, was charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, abortion and criminal possession of a weapon in the Sunday slaying of Jennifer Irigoyen, 35, in Queens.
Prosecutors initially included a charge of abortion over the death of Irigoyen,’s unborn baby, but said they have since rescinded it because of the new Reproductive Health Act.
A DA spokesman told the New York Post that the abortion charge ‘was repealed by the Legislature, and this is the law as it exists today.’
The act, which aims at protecting doctors who have to perform emergency late term abortions on pregnancies which threaten to kill the mother or put her health at serious risk, removes abortion from the state’s criminal code and instead puts it into public health law. It has, however, faced backlash from religious groups and Donald Trump.
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Jennifer Irigoyen worked at Crosstown Apartments NYC as an HR manager and licensed real estate salesperson specializing in luxury homes
The bloodstained entryway of the apartment building where Jennifer Irigoyen was found
Family members of stabbing victim Jennifer Irigoyen gather at Queens Criminal Court following the arraignment of her boyfriend Anthony Hobson
Outside the court, one of Irigoyen’s relatives sobs after her boyfriend was arraigned for her murder
The family were overcome with emotion after hearing about her brutal slaying at the hearing
Hobson, accompanied by his attorney, surrendered himself at to 104 Precinct on Friday morning, the New York Post reported.
His arrest concluded a multi-day manhunt after Hobson became the focus of police interest in his girlfriend’s brutal slaying over the weekend.
Around 1am on Sunday, Irigoyen, a real estate agent and native New Yorker, was found with multiple stab wounds in her neck and body in a building in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens.
Irigoyen, who was five-months pregnant, was taken by EMS to Wyckoff Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Her unborn child did not survive.
A neighbor who spoke to the New York Post named Kristin said she heard a man arguing with Irigoyen, ‘yelling something about her baby, about wanting to protect her baby’.
Bloody boot prints were seen leading from the apartment building north on Myrtle Avenue, and a man was seen fleeing the scene who police believed to be Irigoyen’s boyfriend.