Bay County Sheriff's Office Can't Charge a Walton County Woman for Self-Aborting Two Fetuses

By: Heather Waliga Email
By: Heather Waliga Email

Rome, Georgia's district attorney says she can't find any laws to prosecute a south Walton County woman for giving herself two abortions, then storing the fetuses in a storage shed, and it doesn't look like Bay County authorities will be able to do anything either.

Sarah Jo Izard self-aborted the fetuses within the last five years. One of the abortions took place in Rome, Georgia, between 2000 and 2005, when Izard and her husband Jim lived there.

Jim was the women's basketball coach at Berry College. The other abortion happened here in Bay County at a duplex off Thomas Drive sometime after January 2005.

That's when Izard resigned from Berry and the couple moved to this condo in south Walton County.

When Jim Izard killed himself in February 2006, Sarah Jo told a friend about the abortions and the fetuses stored in Rome, Georgia. The friend contacted Bay County sheriff's investigators, who told Rome, Georgia police.

Rome's district attorney, Leigh Patterson, has been looking into the case for over a year. Yesterday she said Sarah Jo Izard won't face any charges because she can't find any laws that Izard actually broke.

Apparently Bay County authorities are having the same difficulty. Besides that, investigators say they don't have anything to build a case.

Jeremy Mathis, BCSO Investigator, said, "When a person admits to a crime, law enforcement has to find enough evidence to charge them with a crime. We didn't find enough physical evidence to charge her with a crime."

State attorney Steve Meadow's office says even if it could find some appropriate charges, time has run out. The statute of limitations on a felony is three years. On a misdemeanor it's two years.

Jim Izard never left a suicide note and Sarah Jo Izard has never explained why she did what she did. She left Bay County shortly after her husband's death and reportedly moved to the northeast to live with family members.


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