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Fetus-Killing Powder Suspected in Brutal Murder

11/17/2009 3:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

fetus killerCops believe they now know how a famous L.A. restaurateur allegedly murdered his unborn child -- and it all has to do with a deadly white powder.

TMZ has obtained the search warrant affidavit in the investigation of Josh Woodward -- co-owner of L.A.'s 8 Oz. Burger Bar and several famous restaurants around the country.

In the docs, Woodward's baby mama says one night back in October -- when she was pregnant -- Woodward kept putting his hand in a plastic bag and then touching her sexually.

The woman says she lost the baby a few hours later ... and remembers seeing a white powdery substance on her underwear.

According to the affidavit, cops had reason to believe the powder was a drug called Misoprostol -- which is often used for early abortions and to induce labor. Cops then executed the warrant and set up a sting operation.

Now get this: Under police supervision, the woman called Woodward -- who did not know she had lost the baby -- and told him she was still pregnant and wanted him to come over.

According to the affidavit, when police approached Woodward outside of her apartment, he pulled out a "small piece of clear plastic with a white powdery substance" from his pocket and dropped it on the ground.

Police seized the substance -- which Woodward would not identify -- and arrested him. Cops are waiting on the test results of the substance, but believe it's Misoprostol. Woodward has yet to be charged with a crime.

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61.

r    

This makes me want to puke. What an a-hole.

1765 days ago
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Carolyn A-B    

Watch your terminology, TMZ. Your headline screams "murder," but this alleged crime does not meet the terms of the murder statute.
Harvey Levin should know better.
It's a sickening crime, nonetheless. Throw the book at him.

1765 days ago
63.

Jim    

Jesus..

1765 days ago
64.

Sabrina    

Coward.

1765 days ago
65.

Rich    

While Jesus carried his cross to the mount, the women wailed, but he said "weep not for me, but weep for the babes that do not live long enough to suckle". Makes you wonder?

1765 days ago
66.

Just sayin'    

It's his child. No difference between this and abortion at an office. Women do it all the time.
But he is in trouble because DADS HAVE NO RIGHTS TO THEIR UNBORN CHILD EVEN THOUGH THEY HELPED MAKE IT!!!!!!
Not so twisted now that I flipped it around, is it?

1765 days ago
67.

Just sayin'    

LMAO at the people who say he killed "HER" baby!!! It was THEIR BABY!! She didn't make it HERSELF!!!!!! We are not A Sexual beings!! He ABORTED HIS OWN CHILD! Women MURDER their babies without even asking the father for permission everyday in this country!
BS F-ing double standards! If it is a woman's "choice" ONLY then the men should be able to choose to pay child support or not seeing as how they get no real say so in the decision for THEIR own child to be killed!

1765 days ago
68.

Just sayin'    

Marie:
I wondered if anyone else would catch the double standard. Glad there is someone out there with a brain.

1765 days ago
69.

wickedorchid    

What will his defense be - that he's starting the "Pro Choice for Men" movement? I really question that any woman wanted to have a child with a sociopathic mess like this man. Not a gene pool that needs to be repeating IMHO.

I've heard of other men spiking drinks with morning after pills and other such things. Men who feel that strongly about not having children should wear condoms or have vasectomys. And women need to practice safe sex and use birth control to prevent these unwanted little darlings from being conceived in the fist place.

That poor woman must just be shaken to the core....

1765 days ago
70.

Mike    

I'm going to guess that the reason he used the powder to induce a miscarriage was to avoid having to pay child support to some slut he banged a few times. I can't really blame him. Can you imagine having to pay out untold amounts of money to some skank you had a go at but no real interest in other than a fluid receptacle?

The real irony is that he will certainly be made to pay her an outrageous amount of money in the civil suit she will inevitably file.

1765 days ago
71.

MsSuburbia    

I'm all about the right to choose--equally. There's blatant hypocrisy and sexism in the "pro-choice" law. A man should ALSO have to consent to being a parent. It's too easy to defraud men and extort Baby-Daddy Welfare. I'm not about forcing abortions; but in order for a woman to take Baby-Daddy Welfare (child support), she should have to obtain consent to declare him a "father." (Marriage should be implied consent.) Bet that would stop the majority of out-of-wedlock pregnancies--and ALL of the fetus "murders (eyeroll)" by desperate men.

1765 days ago
72.

C_IL    

He shouldn't see the light of day again. Throw away the key...pure evil!

1765 days ago
73.

bill    

How is it murder? a fetus isn't a human being as defined by the supreme court.

1765 days ago
74.

wickedorchid    

So it's murder if the male parent of the child decides to abort the fetus. But the female parent "murdering" the baby in an abortion is just another day ending in "Y".

Make up your mind people.

1765 days ago
75.

RRRRRRRRRRRRR    

I agree with Marie He aborted (allegedly) his baby. I don't see how this is any different than the mother choosing to abort her baby. Either way, the baby's parent killed it.
It's a terrible story any way you look at it, as with an abortion case. Rest assured this unborn baby is in heaven now, with the other thousands of other babies that are aborted every year by their mothers.

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