A pregnant woman had her friend repeatedly punch her in the stomach to kill the baby.
A pregnant California woman allegedly had her boyfriend repeatedly punch her in the stomach in an attempt to kill the baby last month, police said.
The authorities investigate the incident that happened on 24 May, after the woman, who is believed to have been around 30 weeks into the pregnancy, gave birth to a baby girl with a fractured skull that led to the newborn baby’s death Bakersfieldnow.com reported citing a search warrant affidavit filed.
The woman – who is not identified – arrived at a hospital in Bakersfield, California, with bruises on her stomach, that she claimed was the result of a fall during the floor cleaning, according to the paper. Hospital staff were doubtful of the woman’s account and alerted the police.
The woman told the authorities that her boyfriend hit her “at least 10 times” after the couple agreed to try and terminate the pregnancy, according to the paper.
The police said the friend, also not identified, denied any involvement in the baby’s death or the hurt of the woman.
Governments are now debating on how to deal with the case and whether criminal prosecution will be pursued, according to the paper. The police is waiting for a coroner’s report on the baby’s death for more information.
Abortions are allowed in California until about 24 and 26 weeks of pregnancy, and the killing of a fetus with malice aforethought is defined as murder under the law of a member state, according to the paper.
However, if “the law was prompted, aided, supported, or consented to by the mother of the fetus,” murder charges will not be prosecuted, according to the paper.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.