Woman Forces Daughter to Have an Abortion, Dumps Body of Baby in the Trash
by Steven Ertelt
March 20, 2009
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (LifeNews.com) — A Florida woman has been arrested and charged in connection with a case involving her forcing her teenager daughter to have an abortion. Tonuya Rainey, 38, allegedly obtained drugs from an abortion center to make her daughter have an abortion and then threw the body of the unborn child in the trash.
The incident occurred earlier this month and Rainey appeared in court on Friday, where she had her bail raised from $14,000 to almost $200,000.
Rainey faces felony charges including termination of pregnancy, improper disposal of human remains, unlicensed practice of health care and child abuse but does not face any murder charges in connection with the death of the unborn child.
WFOR-Ch. 4 reported that she reportedly did not want her 16-year-old daughter to give birth, so Rainey obtained abortion pills and gave them to her daughter. An assistant state attorney said in a police report that the daughter "said to her mother she wanted to keep the baby."
While spending time at a local nightclub, her daughter gave birth in the bathroom of their home.
A police report, the television station noted, indicated the baby was alive at the time of the birth and was "moving his hands and breathing."
WFOR indicates Rainey told police she "placed the infant in a bag and dumped the infant in the garbage." Although sanitation workers have picked up the garbage, the baby boy’s body has not been located.
Rainey was slated to be released on bond form prison when Broward County Judge John Hurley intervened to raise the bail to a higher amount making sure she would remain in jail.
"I believe that what has allegedly occurred is tantamount to murder," Hurley said during the hearing, according to a Sun-Sentinel news report. "So I’m going to set a bond in that regard and consistent with my feelings."
The public defender for Rainey disagreed with the decision, but Judge Hurley said this was a special case that merited the higher amount.
"I’ve handled murder cases in here. I have handled sex cases. I’ve handled everything. This is it, this is the pinnacle," Hurley said. "I have never been so disturbed."
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