Ohio Man Arrested After Assaulting Teen Daughter, Wanted Abortion for Her

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 8, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Ohio Man Arrested After Assaulting Teen Daughter, Wanted Abortion for Her

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 8
, 2008

Cleveland, OH (LifeNews.com) — A man whose 16-year-old daughter is pregnant is now in policy custody after he was arrested on accusations he assaulted her. Moses Cade, a 35-year-old man has been accused of beating his 16-year-old pregnant daughter and now faces charges of domestic violence and endangering children.

The unnamed teenager reportedly came home last Thursday with the results of two pregnancy tests showing her pregnant.

Cade wanted his daughter to get an abortion and he decided to keep her locked in his house until Monday, when he planned to take her for an abortion.

When his daughter relented, officials say he beat her with a metal broomstick. A neighbor phoned police after hearing the teenager scream.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper indicated police had to search Cade’s home three times before they found the young girl hiding in the attic. She suffered from bruises on her chest and scrapes on her forearms and she told police Cade punched her in the face and stomach.

When they apprehended Cade, his three young children and nephew were in the home at the time, the newspaper said.

Cade admitted to police he struck his daughter because she refused to remain in the home so he could force her to have an abortion.

The Plain Dealer indicated medical workers took the teen to MetroHealth Medical Center, but she was never treated because two unidentified women came to the hospital and left with her.

Ohio is one of 36 states where pro-life advocates were able to pass a law to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from violence. The unborn victims law allows prosecutors to charge criminals with two crimes for assaulting or killing both mother and child.

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, or vehicular homicide, depending on the circumstances.

The Ohio law was adopted in 1998 and is one of 26 state laws protecting women and unborn children throughout pregnancy.

The law has been used in other cases, such as the trial of Canton police officer Bobby Cutts.

Cutts said he didn’t kill his partner Jesse Davis and her nine-month-old unborn child Chloe, but prosecutors have charged him with aggravated murder and other charges.

The law is similar to the one used to prosecute Scott Peterson in the deaths of his wife and unborn son Laci and Conner.

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