Federal agents greeted controversial West Philadelphia physician Kermit B. Gosnell early today with a pair of search warrants, authorities said.
Beginning about 7 a.m., investigators searched Gosnell’s home in Mantua and his shuttered office, the Women’s Medical Society, at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia.
The feds hauled away documents and records that will likely figure into a sprawling investigation that started Feb. 18, when the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration raided Gosnell’s office to look for evidence that he was writing illegal prescriptions.
What they found, according to state records, was a “deplorable” practice that had bloodstained floors, jars packed with fetus remains and unlicensed employees treating abortion patients. Two patients have died from complications in the office.
The Pennsylvania Department of State temporarily suspended Gosnell’s license a few days after the February raid.
Today's developments didn’t come as a surprise to the 69-year-old physician, according to his attorney, William J. Brennan.
“Well, it’s certainly not unexpected in a federal investigation that something like this would occur,” Brennan said. “Dr. Gosnell was cooperative with the federal agents. He’s doing fine.”
Brennan noted that Gosnell has not been charged with committing any crimes by state or federal authorities.
Whether that will change remains unclear.
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