Police: New Brighton woman forced girl to get birth control implant
A New Brighton woman allegedly forced a girl to get a birth control implant last month at a Turtle Creek clinic, according to court papers.
Valerie Marie Fullum, 29, is being sought by police on child endangerment and reckless endangerment charges.
Investigators said the mothers of two girls who spent the night at Fullum’s home reported the situation earlier this month after one of the girls began experiencing a “wide variety of unexplained health issues,” according to court papers.
The girl eventually told her mother that instead of going to school on April 8, Fullum drove both girls about an hour to a Turtle Creek clinic and directed them to get birth control, police said.
“Fullum then took (one of the girls) into Adagio Health, despite her saying she did not want to go, checked her in as a patient and as a result, forced her into receiving a birth control implant into her arm,” police wrote in court papers. “Afterward, Fullum drove both of them back to New Brighton, PA and dropped them off at a park, stating to not tell their parents what happened today.”
Fullum is a friend of both mothers, police said. The girls’ ages were not available in a police criminal complaint, but Tribune-Review news partner WPXI said the girl who got the birth control is 12.
It was unclear from court papers if the second girl was given an implant. Both mothers told police they didn’t give Fullum permission to take the girls to the clinic.
Fullum did not have an attorney listed in online court records. No court action has been scheduled.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter .