by Steven Ertelt
April 2, 2008
Cincinnati, OH (LifeNews.com) — DNA tests have shown 16-year-old Alfonso Price was not the father of the unborn child he killed when he allegedly assaulted his pregnant 19-year-old girlfriend Kerria Anderson. Price reportedly kicked Anderson, who was eight months pregnant, in the stomach and hit her causing her to miscarry the baby.
Anderson had planned to name her baby Precious but Price wanted her to have an abortion.
B—- you should have got an abortion, now your baby is going to die, Anderson said Alfonso told her during the attack.
Anderson was eventually able to contact authorities from an adjacent store but the baby girl wasn’t able to be saved. Her skull had been fractured in the attack.
Now, local officials say Price was not the biological father and the defense lawyers in the court battle are spinning the results in their favor.
Mary Jill Donovan, Price’s attorney, told the Associated Press the DNA results show Anderson could be lying about the attack.
"She said emphatically he was the father," Donovan said. "If she lied about that, what else is she not being truthful about?"
But Rich Gibson, an assistant county prosecutor, said the DNA results don’t change the fact that Price violently attacked Anderson and killed her unborn child.
"It doesn’t matter who the father is," he said. "What is relevant is that (Price) thought he was the father. It gets at motive."
During a previous court hearing, Anderson described how Price and Jebrell Wright, who was 17 at the time of the attack, lured her to an apartment and attacked her. She begged the pair to stop assaulting her but they didn’t comply.
The teens stomped on Anderson and shoe marks were apparently left on her clothes and body after the attack.
A Hamilton County juvenile court judge previously moved the case to adult court because of the nature of the crime.
Earlier, Betty Payne, who would have been Anderson’s baby’s great-grandmother, told the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper she was "satisfied" with the murder charges brought against Price.
I want justice to be (served) because it should be," she said.
"He wanted her to get an abortion because they were not together," Payne said. "He didn’t want his baby raised by another man."
Two doctors testified in court earlier that the baby was 29 weeks into the pregnancy and would have survived if not for the trauma Price and Wright caused.
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 36 states with a law protecting pregnant women and their unborn children and providing them with justice when they are injured or killed in an attack.
Twenty-six 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.