Ohio Woman Charged With Attack on Pregnant Woman, Her Unborn Child

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 28, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Ohio Woman Charged With Attack on Pregnant Woman, Her Unborn Child

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 28
, 2008

Cincinnati, OH (LifeNews.com) — An Ohio woman has been charged with two crimes under the state’s unborn victims law for attacking a pregnant woman and her unborn child. Aisha Crawford stands accused of two counts of assault for attacking the unnamed woman, who is reportedly 14 weeks pregnant.

Crawford, 27, knew the victim was pregnant, but that didn’t stop her from allegedly pushing her into a fence and kicking her in the stomach.

WCPO reported that police issued a warrant for Crawford’s arrest after the incident and apprehended her on Sunday night. The assault reportedly occurred earlier this month at a local roller skating rink.

The news station indicates the victim complained of stomach pains but there is no indication whether her unborn child was injured by the attack.

Crawford, of Bond Hill, faced a court appearance on Monday and Hamilton County Municipal Judge Julia Stautberg set bail for $20,000.

This is just the latest case of a pregnant women coming under attack.

In April, two teenagers were found guilty of attacking a pregnant woman and killing her unborn child. The teens allegedly attacked Kerria Anderson because she refused to have an abortion of her baby, whom one of the boys thought he fathered.

Alfonso Price, now 16, and his friend Jebrell Wright, 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, but the baby was born stillborn after the attack.

The case brought 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.

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