by Steven Ertelt
June 25, 2007
Columbus, OH (LifeNews.com) — A police officer in Ohio has been charged with killing missing pregnant woman Jessie Davis and her nine-month-old unborn child Chloe. Davis’ boyfriend, Bobby Cutts, Jr., who is also the father of her two year-old son, is being charged under an Ohio unborn victims law supported by pro-life groups.
Cutts was charged with the murders of both Jesse and Chloe after national news stories appeared when her son Blake was found home alone and Jesse missing.
Authorities found overturned furniture and bleached spilled on the floor, likely to cover up the blood loss resulting from the attack, in Davis’ home.
Officials eventually found Davis’ body Saturday in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, with the body of her dead daughter Chloe still inside her.
Cutts will appear in court today on charges of two counts of murder and Ohio authorities are able to use an unborn victims law to prosecute Davis that is similar to the one used to prosecute Scott Peterson in the deaths of his wife and unborn son Laci and Conner.
Ohio’s law says that, at any stage of a pregnancy, if an "unborn member of the species homo sapiens, who is or was carried in the womb of another" is killed, it is aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, aggravated vehicular homicide, and vehicular homicide, depending on the circumstances.
The Ohio law was adopted in 1998 and similar laws are in effect in 35 states with 25 of them that protect mothers and their babies throughout pregnancy.
The charges against Cutts come two days after he allegedly helped authorities locate Davis’ body. The 26-year-old Davis was pregnant and had been missing for 10 days.
In addition to Cutts, also expected to make a court appearance Monday is Myisha Lynne Ferrell, 29, who is being held on charges of obstruction of justice, officials said. Police would disclose no details of what led investigators to Ferrell or how they believe she is connected to the case.
Ferrell and Cutts attended high school together and police reportedly found empty bleach bottles and duct tape in her house that may be connected to the murders.
Cutts is married and has two children with other women and claims he is innocent on the charges.