Mom wants baby after trying to have it
Utah's legislature will be asked to deal with a loophole in homicide
law that allowed a teenager to be set free after hiring someone to beat
her to cause a miscarriage.
State Representative Carl Wimmer launched the move in the legislature
after the law was used by a judge to release the 17-year-old. "[The
judge] made a comparison to a medical procedure abortion," says the
state lawmaker. "And [as far as] hiring this thug to beat her until the
baby died, he said there's no difference -- which is absolutely absurd."
Wimmer is convinced the law was not interpreted correctly, but a bill
is being filed to make sure that type of ruling is prohibited in the
future. Currently law states that if a pregnant woman is beaten and
loses her child, a homicide has occurred.
What is even more stunning, notes the lawmaker, is that the child was
born alive -- and now, the teen has applied for custody of the baby.
"The fact that she wants to get custody now of this child who she tried
to murder, it makes it that more absurd," he remarks. "...I don't even
have the vocabulary to explain how sad of a situation it is and what an
outrage it is that she is going free after doing such a barbaric thing."
Wimmer expects his bill to pass easily.
Contact: Charlie Butts
Date: October 16, 2009
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