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Rowland in Trouble in Ohio

Rowland in Trouble in Ohio

Posted - May 26, 2004 at 10:37 p.m.



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Samantha Hayes reporting The woman who made national headlines, and faced murder charges in Utah in the death of her stillborn child, is in trouble in-another state.

And she claims she's pregnant again.

You may recall the murder charges against Mellissa Ann Rowland were dropped in April, so was an investigation into whether she tried to trade a baby in exchange for bond.

She was sentenced to 18 months probation and drug counseling, but she was allowed to move. She then moved to Ohio.

Melissa Rowland, April 29 2004: “I'm going to go to Lndiana to drug rehab. And I'm going to try to go to college and get off social security."

Those are the words of Melissa Ann Rowland the day she was released from jail in April.

She'd been charged with murder for refusing a C-section doctors said could have saved her twins' life. One was stillborn.

Last Friday she was arrested by Chillicothe, Ohio police for criminal trespassing. Officers say she was yelling and harassing court clerks.

She was staying at a local hotel. On Tuesday, the manager of that hotel called police.

Hotel Manager: “She just kept badgering us."

The hotel manager says Rowland was soliciting Adoption Agencies from the hotel.

Hotel Manager: “She had a doctor's letter that said her name was Amy Waking and that she was due may 27th."

Rowland's hotel and food bills were being paid in part by some of those agencies

Hotel Manager: “She was waiting for fax authorizations from different agencies (adoption) who were going to try and help her find an adoptive couple for her baby that was due May 27th."

An off duty police officer at the hotel recognized Rowland from her court appearance the prior week, and her history in Utah.

That's when she was escorted off the property...

Wednesday she was again cited for trespassing, this time in the parking lot of a Speedway gas station.

Court records show that Melissa Rowland has until May 29th, 3 more days, to show she is in rehabilitation. If she does not, a bench warrant will be issued.

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