On the morning of June 15, 1984, 14-year-old Germaine Newman's mother found her dead on the bathroom floor.
The previous day, Germaine had undergone a second-trimester abortion performed by Dr. E. Wyman Garrett in Newark, New Jersey. She was 22 weeks pregnant. Germaine had suffered vomiting, abdominal pain, and fever afterward.
An autopsy found that Germaine's abdomen was full of pus and adhesions. The cause of death was abdominal infection and perforation of the uterus.
When the New Jersey medical board investigated Dr. Garrett, they noted that he had illegally altered Germaine's medical records.