Published: Dec 09, 2013 8:03 AM EST
Updated: Dec 09, 2013 3:40 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of a Tampa man accused of tricking his pregnant ex-girlfriend into taking a pill that caused her to have a miscarriage.
    
Sentencing for John Andrew Welden had been scheduled for Tuesday for tampering with a consumer product and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. During Monday's emergency hearing, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara delayed the sentencing amid concerns over whether the pill caused the miscarriage.
    
A status hearing is set for Thursday.
    
Prosecutors say Welden forged a signature on a prescription for a pill used to induce labor. He relabeled a pill bottle as "amoxicillin" and told his then-girlfriend to take the pills.
    
Welden admitted in a plea agreement that he forged the signature of his father, who is a Tampa-area obstetrician.
    
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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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