Three members of a Dallas family have been sentenced for beating and jumping on a pregnant 13-year-old girl until she miscarried.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the victim, now 19, was eight months pregnant when she was attacked .
According to court records, 47-year-old Sharon Jones was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to family violence assault.
Her daughter, 28-year-old Cecilia McDonald, and son, 29-year-old Cedric Jones, Jr., pleaded guilty to the same charge. They got seven and five years respectively.
29-year-old Lonnell McDonald was also sentenced to 10 years for aggravated assault.
The victim’s brother, 24-year-old Robert Cayald, faces an aggravated sexual assault charge in the case. He was found incompetent to stand trial last year, and his case is pending.
Cayald is accused of raping his 13-year-old sister , which resulted in pregnancy.
Lonnell McDonald , received 10 years in prison, while Robert Cayald, 24, who raped his sister was found incompetent to stand trial and his case is pending.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the teen and her younger sister had been sent to Dallas after their grandmother died to live with their aunt, Sharon Jones. However, the victim and two of her siblings moved into Cecila McDonald’s apartment, where Lonnell McDonald and Cayald also lived.
The teen testified in court that she told Cecila McDonald and Jones that Cayald had sexually abused Cecila McDonald’s three young children. Cecila McDonald ‘became very nervous’ and worried that Child Protective Services would take away her children if they learned that the teen was pregnant and that Cayald was living with her, the affidavit stated.
They first forced the teen to take birth control pills and cinnamon tablets to try to abort the baby. When that didn’t work, they held down the teen and took turns stomping on her pregnant belly.
During the attack, Cecila McDonald yelled at the teen, ‘B***h, you ain’t about to get my kids taken away from me.’
‘They held her down. They forced her to lay there while people stomped her,’ prosecutor Rachel Burris argued. ‘I?t was savage.’
The baby was stillborn and placed in a five-gallon bucket and the family tried to burn the remains on a grill. When they were unsuccessful, Jones gave her son $25 to dispose of the body. He hid the remains in a bag in an unknown location.
Defense attorneys for the trio argued that the attack was a small mark on an otherwise clean record. They said the defendants had been part of Bible studies and classes in jail and should be granted leniency.
But Burris argued that the defendants merely hid the evil they were capable of.
‘Most people would treat strangers better,’ Burris said. ‘Yet these people did it to someone they promised to love.’