A male student in Colorado Springs who is accused of using a skewer to force his girlfriend to abort their unborn baby will not face trial this fall after the alleged victim disappeared.
Police arrested Ahmed Sameer Mohamed Almesbahi, 23, on Sept. 26 in connection to the horrific allegations, ABC 7 in Denver reports. He was charged with sexual assault, unlawful termination of pregnancy and other charges related to the incident.
However, an El Paso County judge dismissed all charges against Almesbahi on Aug. 28 after authorities said the alleged victim had left the country, The Gazette reports.
Almesbahi’s trial was scheduled for October, but it will not take place now. Fourth Judicial District Judge Deborah Grohs dismissed the case, and details about the alleged victim’s departure are not clear, according to the report.
Almesbahi was a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Saudi Arabian native who has a student visa to study in the United States, the report states. The alleged victim, a Kazakhstan native and fellow graduate student, said she met Almesbahi on a Muslim dating website, and they later were married in a religious ceremony. The two lived together; however, Almesbahi said she was his girlfriend, and they are not married.
Prosecutors said the alleged victim hesitated about cooperating with authorities, and she changed her story several times. However, they said her behavior was consistent with that of domestic abuse victims, and she had cellphone photos and other evidence that corroborated her story.
Last September, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported the unnamed woman told police that Almesbahi sexually assaulted her and forcibly aborted their unborn baby using a shish kebab skewer in August 2015. Police have been investigating the case for a while and recently obtained evidence supporting the woman’s claims, the report states.
According to police, the woman said Almesbahi threw her against a wall and pushed a skewer and other kitchen utensils into her vagina to kill her unborn baby.
The reports did not include details about the unborn baby’s age or sex. According to police records, the woman gave birth to her dead baby in a mall bathroom. Authorities said the woman appeared to be telling the truth about the abuse based on cellphone photos she took of her aborted baby and her medical records.
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Almesbahi did not face charges related to the baby’s death. Colorado is one of only a few states that do not recognize unborn babies as victims of violence.
As horrific as they are, forced abortions do occur. In November, LifeNews reported the story of a New York man, Josh Woodward, who was convicted of attempted murder after he secretly gave his pregnant girlfriend an abortion drug that caused the death of their 13-week unborn child. Woodward’s girlfriend said she refused to abort their unborn baby, even though he was constantly pressuring her.
Elliot Institute Director David Reardon, who co-authored the Medical Science Monitor study, previously said, “In many of the cases documented for our ‘Forced Abortion in America’ report, police and witnesses reported that acts of violence and murder took place after the woman refused to abort or because the attacker didn’t want the pregnancy.”