by Steven Ertelt
September 26, 2006
Columbus, GA (LifeNews.com) — Police have arrested the mother and two cousins of a 16 year-old girl who are accused of forcing her to drink turpentine in an attempt to kill her baby in an abortion. The arrests follow the apprehension of a Maine teenager’s parents who are accused of driving her to New York in a bid to make her have an abortion.
In the Georgia case, 44 year-old Rozelletta B. Blackshire was charged with cruelty to a child and criminal abortion Columbus Police Sgt. Debra Bohannon indicated.
The teenager’s cousins, 26 year-old Shonda Y. Blackshire of Columbus and 28 year-old Monica M. Johnson of Eufaula, Alabama, were also arrested on Friday and charged with attempting to cause a criminal abortion.
If convicted, the women could get up to 10 years in prision.
According to an AP report, there is no evidence as to whether the turpentine cause any health issue for the teenager, who is three months pregnant, or her baby.
"There’s no medical evidence that would support you could induce an abortion by giving her turpentine," Bohannon told the Associated Press. "Still, it’s not made to ingest. It’s not good to ingest."
She indicated Blackshire and the cousins forced the girl to drink turpentine twice between September 12 and September 20 and Bohannon indicated they may have tried to force her to have an abortion because they were supposedly worried about an unrelated health problem the pregnancy could have impacted.
Police found out about the attempted forced abortion after the girl told her school guidance counselor about it. They had already been monitoring the girl, who may have been the victim of sexual assault and that act could have led to her pregnancy.
The forced abortion case comes on the heels of the abduction of a Maine teenager in another forced abortion attempt.
A Maine couple that kidnapped their pregnant 19 year-old daughter and attempted to take her to New York to have an abortion did so because they were apparently upset that her boyfriend is black. The couple was apprehended after their daughter escaped in a department store and used a cell phone to call police.
Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion said Katelyn Kampf, the daughter, indicated her mother "was pretty irate at the fact that the child’s father was black, and she had made a number of disparaging remarks about that."
He said the Kampfs had treated Katelyn’s boyfriend well until they received a phone call from her last Thursday indicating she was pregnant. That apparently "changed the dynamic" he said.
Dion indicated Katelyn told him her mother "kept referring to the baby as a thing, as ‘It,’ and there were other comments made."
Katelyn’s parents believed they needed to take her to New York for the abortion since the pregnancy had advanced.