The lawyer for the unborn child of a Chicago teen accused in connection with her mother’s murder in Bali said the baby is "well formed."
Lawyer Vanessa Favia said Tuesday that 19-year-old Heather Mack, who is three months pregnant, was taken to the hospital for an ultrasound.
“The baby is well formed with the spine, head, hands and feet already visible,” a statement from Favia read. “The heart rate monitor indicates reassuring tones and she is set to have routine doctor visits going forward throughout her pregnancy.”
Favia said earlier that she would represent the unborn baby and make sure Mack gets proper nutrition and medical attention so Mack can deliver a healthy child. Bali police have said Mack will not get special treatment.
Police: Couple Confessed to Bali Suitcase Killing
Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, were arrested last month in connection with the murder of Sheila von Wiese-Mack, a day after her body was found inside the trunk of a taxi parked in front of the St. Regis Bali Resort.
Authorities said an autopsy showed von Wiese-Mack, 62, died of asphyxiation from a broken nose bone resulting from a blunt blow.
Police Chief Col. Djoko Heru Utomo said Friday that Schaefer confessed during an interrogation and that Mack acknowledged her role in separate questioning.
Attorney Thomas Anthony Durkin told the Wednesday Journal that he has been in contact with Schaefer over the last few weeks, and that his client "has not confessed, pure and simple," although he was unsure how the information about the confession surfaced. Durkin has not traveled to Bali, but says he's considering making the trip.
Mack's Chicago-based attorney, Michael Elkin, said his client is innocent of the allegations. Elkin earlier told NBC 5 he was in the process of organizing a team of attorneys, doctors and private investigators to help with Mack's defense.
Schaefer's mother has appealed for financial support for her son on the YouCaring.com website to raise money to pay for a lawyer in Indonesia.
Mother of Bali Murder Suspect Raises Money for Legal Defense
If found guilty, both suspects could be sentenced to death under Article 340 of Indonesia's Criminal Code.