DALLAS — Four people are under arrest for beating a pregnant 14-year-old girl in order to force an abortion.
A fifth relative was arrested for sexually assaulting the girl. News 8 has chosen not to name that suspect or his exact relationship to the sexual assault victim as to not reveal the girl’s identity.
According to court documents, between January and March 2013, a teenage girl was beaten at a home in Dallas. There were several adults in the house who were upset with the girl’s pregnancy.
Those arrested for the beating were cousins of the teenager.
They learned the girl was pregnant after she was sexually assaulted by a relative and wanted to get rid of the baby, so they allegedly beat the girl until she aborted.
According to a court documents, family members first tried to give her multiple doses of birth control pills; then “Plan B” pills; and cinnamon tablets by suspect Sharon Jones, 45.
When that didn’t work, Jones “allegedly collaborated with suspects Cecila McDonald, Lonnell McDonald and Cedric Jones to physically assault the girl to terminate her pregnancy,” according to court documents.
The assault occurred in the living room of Sharon Jones’ house. The girl told police that Cecila McDonald, 25, pinned the girl’s “arms down to the floor as Accomplice Lonnell McDonald sat on the complaint’s stomach and began repeatedly bouncing up and down. Accomplice Sharon Jones called suspect Cedric Jones Jr. and told him to come over to the house.”
Lonnell McDonald, 27, then allegedly told Jones when he arrived that “he had already been kicking the “s*** out of the b****.”
According to court documents, the suspects continued to beat, punch, and kick the girl in the stomach.
The assault caused serious bodily injury to the girl. According to the arrest affidavit, Cecila McDonald did not want Child Protective Services involved because the girl was underage and pregnant and she feared she would lose her children. She was heard yelling, “[Expletive], you ain’t about to get my kids taken away from me.”
The girl then began “throwing up and having severe cramps,” the affidavit said, adding these gruesome details:
“She was uncontrollably pushing and delivered what she believed was a stillborn baby … Accomplice Cecila McDonald entered the bathroom and placed the baby in a white plastic mop bucket and removed it from the room.”
At some point after the assault, the baby was placed in a short, pill-shaped, black metal charcoal grill and attempted to burn it.”
The affidavit said the family members then plotted to dispose of the body.
“Accomplice Sharon Jones contacted suspect Cedric Jones Jr. approximately two days later and offered to pay him $25 if he would take care of the rest of it. Suspect Cedric Jones, along with a witness, returned to the location at which time Suspect Cedric Jones Jr. placed the remains in a dark green plastic bag with a red drawstring, placed it in his trunk, and stashed the remains in an unknown location.”
The suspects have all been charged with engaging in criminal activity because it enhances the charge from an aggravated assault. Police can use that charge when more than two people are involved in a beating and then — in this case — a coverup.
Bond for each of the beating suspects was set at $150,000.
The fifth relative was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. The terms of his bond are unclear at this time.
The victim is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services. Police praised the girl for her bravery in coming forward to report the crime in a news conference Wednesday.
Dallas police spokesman Gil Garza said they are still gathering evidence in the case and they are still searching for the remains of the stillborn baby.
Source: WFAA 8 – ABC