MADISON, Wis. -- A Madison-area farmer is accused of secretly lacing his girlfriend's drinks with veterinary drugs in order to end her pregnancy, but she said Friday that she doesn't hold it against him.
Dane County prosecutors say Daniel Bliefernicht, 23, was surprised and frustrated by the unexpected pregnancy, so he mixed the drugs in three beverage bottles. The drugs are used to terminate a pregnancy in cows and can cause uterine contractions.
A criminal complaint says Bliefernicht's girlfriend, Sarah Pienkowski, thought the beverages tasted odd, so she took them to her mother's house and later turned them over to police.
Despite the incident, Pienkowski said she doesn't hold it against Bliefernicht.
She said he tried to put the drugs in bottles of water and Gatorade shortly after she told him she was pregnant in May 2008.
She said she asked for the charges to be dropped. She called the incident a "dumb mistake" and said that Bliefernicht has apologized to her.
Court documents show Bliefernicht admitted to detectives that he put veterinary drugs Lutalyse and Oxytosin in Pienkowski's drinks after being distraught over learning of her pregnancy.
Bliefernicht allegedly told police that it was the worst thing he's ever done.
Now, Bliefernicht is facing felony attempted homicide and reckless endangerment charges in the incident.
Pienkowski said that her daughter, Brooklyn, was born healthy and without complications in November 2008.
As for the delay in prosecution, Pienkowski said she understands it was because of lab issues detecting the amounts of the drugs in the drinks.
Assistant District Attorney Bob Kaiser said that the crime lab did face some challenges on this case, because they typically aren't looking for veterinary drugs.
Bliefernicht's attorney, John Hyland, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.