Ohio Teen Who Killed Girlfriend’s Unborn Baby After Abortion Refusal Begins Trial
by Steven Ertelt
April 8, 2008
Cincinnati, OH (LifeNews.com) — An Ohio teenager accused of attacking his pregnant girlfriend and killing her unborn child after she refused to have an abortion saw his trial begin. Alfonso Price, now 16, allegedly attacked Kerria Anderson because she refused to have an abortion of her baby, whom Price thought he fathered.
Price reportedly kicked Anderson, who was eight months pregnant, in the stomach and hit her causing her to miscarry the unborn child. She planned to name her baby Precious.
As LifeNews.com reported last week, new DNA tests confirmed Price was not the father of the unborn child.
Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Rick Gibson explained what happened and discussed the results of the DNA testing during his opening statements in the murder trial.
The Cincinnati Enquirer indicates Gibson explained that Anderson was beaten on two occasions but suffered the most during the second attack, where Price and a friend allegedly kicked and hit her stomach and caused her baby’s death.
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, but the baby girl wasn’t able to be saved. Her skull had been fractured in the attack.
"There was no fetal heartbeat. It was clear to (the doctor) the baby was already dead," Gibson said.
According to the Enquirer, defense attorneys for Price said there is no question Anderson was severely beaten but they contend Price had nothing to do with the baby’s death.
Mary Jill Donovan told the jury Price was trying to pull Anderson away from his friend Jebrell Wright, who prosecutors say assisted Price in assaulting Anderson.
Donovan says the DNA tests prove Anderson isn’t a credible witness as a victim because she told Price he was the father of the baby. She claimed Anderson has changed her story several times about what occurred on the day she was attacked.
However, the newspaper indicated Peter Rosenwald, the attorney who represents Wright, says neither story is true and that Wright was at a relative’s house at the time of the attack and never participated.
A Hamilton County juvenile court judge previously moved the case to adult court because of the nature of the crime.
Both teens are charged with aggravated murder and other lesser charges.
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.