This morning’s Boston papers both featured a horrifying story: a 19-year-old man was killed by his 8-months-pregnant 16-year-old girlfriend in her family’s apartment in South Boston. (Glob link omitted on personal bias.)
This never should have happened.
First, he had no business dating this girl. If she is 16 now and eight months pregnant, I’d wager serious money they were having sex when she was 15 — and below the age of consent. He should have been arrested for statutory rape.
Second, there are reports that he had slapped her around before. He should have been charged with domestic violence.
Third, this girl is dealing with not only the raging hormones of being a teenaged girl, but those of an eight months pregnant woman as well.
I can see her lawyer taking two angles for the defense here: self-defense (citing the reports of prior violence) and diminished capacity (citing the above-mentioned hormones). I don’t know how this case will play out, and won’t make any predictions.
But I think it’s worth noting that there are three lives here that have been changed forever (one fatally) because nobody bothered to look at a pregnant girl and realized that was almost certainly prima facie evidence of a crime, and then acted accordingly. The man is dead, the girl will have this following her the rest of her life, and the baby has almost no chance of anything resembling a normal life.
If it’s a girl, I wonder if that means in about 15 years from now we get to see a similar horror story replayed.