Attorney Wants Charges Dismissed in "Baseball Bat Abortion" Case

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 24, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 24, 2005

Mount Clemens, MI ( — The lawyer for a Michigan teenager who has been charged with helping his girlfriend kill her unborn child wants the charges dismissed. Attorney Miranda Massie filed two motions Wednesday asking that the case against the boy be dismissed because the act was consensual.

According to a Detroit Free Press article, a hearing has been set for March 29 to weigh the motions.

The boyfriend, whose name has not been released, has been charged under a state law allowing those who assault a woman and kill or injure her unborn child to be charged with two crimes.

If convicted, the 16 year-old could find himself under the supervision of juvenile court until he is 21. The girl faces no charges in the case, since the law only allows charges against the assailant.

He hit the girl with the bat over the course of two weeks to kill the 6 month-old developing unborn child.

The baby boy was miscarried on October 4 and police found the body buried in the backyard of the boyfriend’s house.

Judge Matt Switalski released the boy into the custody of his parents and ordered that they have no contact outside of school.

Massie has come under fire for suggesting that laws against abortion prompted the teen couple to do what they did.

"The bottom line is this: if this country keeps rolling back freedom of choice and rolling back abortion rights, what you’re going to see is more children attempting to perform back alley abortions on themselves," she said.

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