5 arrested for beating pregnant Dallas teen to abort baby, according to police


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Paighten Harkins

Associated Press

DALLAS A teenage girl who says she was raped and impregnated by a relative three years ago also was beaten by four other family members to induce an abortion, Dallas police said Wednesday.

Four relatives were arrested Tuesday on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and a fifth was arrested on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, police said.

Deputy Chief Gil Garza said more charges are possible as the investigation continues.

“There is still a lot of work to do,” Garza said.

The teenager, now 16, is in Texas Child Protective Services custody. CPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said six other children at the home — a 15-year-old brother, 14-year-old sister and four children belonging to a beating suspect — were taken into custody Tuesday. The Associated Press does not identify victims of sexual assault, and in order to protect the victim’s identity, has also not identified the family members charged.

The girl, who was 14 at the time of the alleged assault in August 2012, didn’t come forward until May 22, when another woman who said she was a witness to part of the assault took her to a police station, according to an affidavit.

Family members discovered the girl was pregnant sometime between January and March 2013, according to the affidavit. At about eight months pregnant, she was given multiple doses of birth control pills, emergency conception pills and cinnamon tablets by one of the suspects in an attempt to abort the baby. The girl told police that because that didn’t work, the suspects beat her for six hours, and she ended up giving birth to a stillborn child.

The woman who helped file the police report told authorities the girl was crying because of extreme pain during the beating. According to the affidavit, one of the suspects told the girl to “shut up” and cry into a pillow during the assault.

The relatives tried to burn the baby’s body in a charcoal grill, but the remains were not destroyed, according to the affidavit. Two days later, one of the beating suspects paid another $25 to “take care of the rest of it,” documents say, and the remains were disposed of in a plastic bag at an unknown location.

Police are searching for the remains.

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