In yet another example of American schizophrenia, a man in Alabama has been charged with murder after intentionally kicking his 37-week pregnant ex-girlfriend with the intention of killing his unborn child.
According to LifeNews, the “31-year old Christopher Ammons Kemp deliberately killed his unborn daughter in a vicious attack on Jessica Jackson, the court heard. Ms Jackson was left seriously injured, but her baby died from injuries including lacerated organs, displaced ribs, fractured bones, and a fractured skull, prosecutors said on Tuesday.”
The man decided to kill his daughter after Jessica Jackson reportedly wanted to end their relationship, saying she did not want his name on the girl’s birth certificate or for the girl to have his surname. More from LifeNews:
Ms Jackson kicked Kemp out of the house for the final time in January 2016, and by March, several incidents had left her too scared to be there alone. On March 16, she went home intending to pack a bag and leave, but Kemp was in the garage. Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Neil Zarzour told the court that Kemp knocked her to the ground and began choking her.
Her ex-husband (who she had recently become friends with again) was worried when she didn’t answer his calls, and drove round to find her “frantic” and covered in blood. He rushed her to hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery and the baby girl was pronounced dead. Zarzour said the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on the baby’s body described her injuries as “devastating.” Ms Jackson was left in a coma for two days.
Following the attack, Kemp allegedly told a friend in a Facebook message, “I didn’t want to hurt her, just the baby.” He then turned himself into the police after admitting his crime to his parents. An aluminum bat found in his home is believed to have been used in the attack.
Alabama, unlike California, has laws on the books that protect unborn children in homicidal cases like this. Kemp could face the death penalty if convicted.