Harvard-trained doctor accused of having pregnant girlfriend tortured in order to kill unborn baby

BROOKLYN, New York City -- A married Harvard-trained doctor accused of having his pregnant girlfriend tortured, which investigators believe resulted in the death of her child, was in court Tuesday.

Authorities say cardiologist Dr. Vignendra Ariyarajah had two people hold Paul Marie Raymond against her will inside her Ditmas Park home in 2016.

One of them was his friend Bridgett Singh, who is also named in the indictment.

Authorities painted a disturbing picture of just what how far they say he went after learning she was pregnant with another man's baby.

Police say Raymond -- who was seven months pregnant at the time -- was starved, fed very little water, and given drugs like fentanyl to try to kill the unborn baby.

According to court documents, Dr. Ariyarajah and his wife were on vacation skiing in Montana when the torture took place.

Even with a 13-count indictment hanging over his head, Dr. Ariyararajah's business card remains front and center inside his Church Avenue medical clinic -- which is where he worked with the victim.

On December 23, 2016, the victim escaped and ran out of the building. The doctor allegedly sent an ominous text to Singh, writing, "Never, never, never forget to take keys when you leave apartment," adding that if Raymond ran outside, "You must follow her...cannot leave her outside on her own!!!"

Singh allegedly brought her back inside and gave her medication to "calm her down."

Then December 24, Christmas Eve, the victim was in labor. Singh allegedly called 911 but then canceled the ambulance.

When EMTs arrived, the victim had given birth. The baby boy was alive, but he died later that same day.

An autopsy ruled the cause of death to be an infection caused by prolonged labor, experts believe about four days.

Dr. Airyarajah is charged with criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter and assault, among other charges. He is free on $750,000 bond.
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