A teenage mother in England has given birth to a little girl after her former boyfriend hired hitmen in an attempt to kill their unborn child. The 19-year-old has left her former boyfriend off the birth certificate now that he is in jail for his crimes.
Jamie Smith, 23, plotted to have his girlfriend Jessica Santos, 19, attacked. Smith came up with scheme after Santos refused to abort his baby and he paid Steven Blades, 23, and a third man to attack her in a remote park. The assault was planned to make Santos miscarry or kill her and, ultimately, kill the unborn child.
However, the plan backfired with the third man refused to be a party to the assault and alerted authorities. Smith has been jailed for seven years and Blades jailed for 12 months for their roles in planning the attack.
In United States, in April 2004, George W. Bush signed into law The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, which makes it a crime to harm an embryo or fetus at any stage of pregnancy during an assault on a pregnant woman. Some 31 states have similar laws in place that provide for a second crime against the assailant when an unborn baby is killed or injured in the course of an attack on his or her mother.
Here’s more on Santos’ newborn girl:
Now Jessica is mum to beautiful baby girl Nyara, who arrived in September. Jessica, who says she loves being a mother, said: “Jamie’s not on the birth certificate.
“Every time I look at Nyara think how precious she is and how she could so easily not be here. We’ve just had our first Christmas and we all spoilt her rotten.
“I’ll never get my head around what Jamie tried to do. I told him he didn’t have to be a part of our baby’s life, but he tried to kill our baby anyway. I’ve decided when she’s old enough I’ll tell Nyara all about her dad and what he did, and if she still wants to meet him then I won’t stop her.
“Whatever the future holds, I’ll protect Nyara and make sure she has the life she deserves. She’s my little miracle.”
On rejecting the abortion she said: “I’d always wanted to be a mum and though I knew the situation wasn’t ideal, I believed I could make it work. At 23, he was adamant he was too young to be a dad, he said he didn’t even want to be on the birth certificate. It was heartbreaking to hear but there was no way I was getting rid of my baby. Part of me hoped he was thinking about fatherhood and that he would change his mind.”