by Steven Ertelt
July 27 2007
Cincinnati, OH (LifeNews.com) — An Ohio teenager and his friend who are accused of attacking his pregnant girlfriend and killing her unborn child have been apprehended by police. Alfonso Price, a 15 year-old, allegedly attacked Kerria Anderson, 18, because she refused to have an abortion of her baby who Price fathered.
Price reportedly kicked Anderson, who was eight months pregnant, in the stomach and hit her causing her to miscarry the eight-month old unborn child.
Police caught up with Price Friday morning and he was taken into custody and charged with aggravated murder and felonious assault.
Later, Price’s supposed accomplice, 17 year-old Jebrell Wright, was arrested and charged with the same crimes.
Anderson’s mother, Angela Anderson, told the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper that the teens stomped on her daughter and that shoe marks were left on her clothes and body after the attack.
Angela described her daughter as frazzled by the incident and said she didn’t think Price was a violent person despite several arrests for minor crimes. Kerria Anderson had previously filed a police report for abuse but didn’t follow through on it to press charges.
Anderson was standing at a bus stop on July 11 when the attack happened and Price and his friend were said to have dragged her to a building in a nearby neighborhood where he attacked her and left her.
Anderson was eventually able to contact authorities from an adjacent store but her baby, whom she planned to name Precious, wasn’t able to be saved. Her skull had been fractured in the attack.
"She was just all broken up," Angela Anderson said of the baby, who also had numerous broken bones resulting from the attack.
Kerria Anderson also has a 1 year-old daughter and was slated to deliver the unborn child in late August.
Anderson’s grandmother, Betty Payne, told AP that Price was the father of the baby.
"He wanted her to get an abortion because they were not together," Payne said. "He didn’t want his baby raised by another man."
The case brings more attention to violence against pregnant women, especially those whose refusals to have abortions spark violent rage in their partners.
Ohio is one of 35 states that have a law protecting pregnant women and their unborn children and providing them with justice when they are injured or killed in an attack.
Some 25 of the states, including Ohio, allow prosecutors to bring forth two charges at any time during the pregnancy for death or injury to both mother and child and another 10 states only protect women and children in the latter stages of pregnancy.