On Tuesday, 17-year-old Daniela Villarreal beat her 26-day-old son to death. Now the North Carolina teenager has been arrested and is facing charges of murder and felony child abuse.
Paramedics who arrived on the scene rushed Villarreal’s son, Luis Miguel Jr, to Carolinas Medical Center-University, where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation has determined that the baby, who was born December 11, died as a result of physical assault, reported Charlotte Observer.
Miss Villarreal voluntarily came in to speak with police Tuesday night and was taken into custody after the interview.
On her Facebook page, the teen mom appeared excited about having a baby in the months leading up to his birth, sharing her ultrasound photos and posing for pictures showing off her growing bump.
However, in September, Villarreal wrote a Facebook status update complaining that she cannot work or take classes because of her unborn son. She said, “Cant wait til this little Boy comes and I’m able to do what I want!! I want to be successful in life!!”
Tragically, according to the National Institute of Health, in the United States eight in every 100,000 newborns die from infanticide and usually the perpetrator is the victim’s parent or step parent. Although most people agree that this horrific, new findings from pro-life groups show that some college students support post-birth abortion and suggest that children up to 4 or 5-years-old can also be killed, because they are not yet “self aware.”
As LifeNews previously reported, Mark Harrington, the director of Created Equal, expounded on our society’s growing acceptance of infanticide. He said, “We encounter people who think it is morally acceptable to kill babies after birth on a regular basis at almost every campus we visit. While this viewpoint is still seen as shocking by most people, it is becoming increasingly popular.”
He concluded, “This is the whole problem with devaluing human life at any stage—it will naturally grow to include other groups of humans; in this case, born humans as well as preborn humans,” Harrington said. “[I] talked with one young man at the University of Minnesota who thought it was alright to kill children if they were under the age of 5 years old, as he did not consider them persons until that age.”
Watch the news video below from WCNC to learn more about the North Carolina infanticide.