An Indiana teen accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn baby pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and feticide.
Aaron Trejo, 16, a student at Mishawaka High School in Indiana, allegedly killed Breana Rouhselang, 17, who was six months pregnant with their unborn baby, the AP reports.
Trejo is being charged as an adult. A judge denied him bail Tuesday after he entered the not guilty plea, according to the report.
WHAS News 11 reports Roushelang’s body was found in a dumpster near her mother’s home in Mishawaka after being stabbed to death sometime late Saturday or early Sunday.
Allegedly, Trejo told police he stabbed her because he was angry that she had waited so long to tell him about the pregnancy and it was too late to have an abortion. ABC News reports Trejo reportedly told authorities that he planned for more than a week to murder her.
“I took action… I took her life,” Trejo told police, according to court documents. Police said he also said he stabbed her with a knife because he believed it would kill her quickly.
She and Trejo reportedly knew each other from their high school football team where he was a player and she a team manager.
Dave Roushselang and Nicole Rouhselang, her father and step-mother, said Breana was “the nicest, sweetest, most innocent girl you’d ever meet.” They said she was a former cheerleader, a basketball player and a manager of the football team. She also planned to go to college to become an athletic trainer, the family said.
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Here’s more from the report:
Trejo allegedly admitted to investigators that he stabbed Rouhselang in the heart with a knife Saturday night after they argued over her pregnancy, according to a charging document.
He allegedly told police that he went to Rouhselang’s house with the knife “because he thought it would kill Breana quickly,” according to the charging document.
“I took action….I took her life,” Trejo allegedly told police, the affidavit states.
Roushelang’s mother woke up around 1 a.m. Sunday and became concerned when she didn’t find her daughter at home, according to the court documents. She went to Trejo’s home several blocks from her house, but Trejo said he didn’t know of Breana’s whereabouts.
The mother then called the police to report her daughter missing, police said.
An autopsy determined that Breana died from multiple stab wounds and that she had been strangled with her own scarf.
Trejo is due back in court Dec. 19.
Violence against pregnant women and their unborn babies is disturbingly common. LifeNews has reported numerous crime stories where men allegedly murdered or attempted to murder pregnant partners who refused to abort their unborn babies.
In the United States, one in six women is first abused during pregnancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As LifeNews previously reported, one study found that as many as 64 percent of post-abortive women say they felt pressure to have an abortion.