Police: Teen Asked Man To Beat Her To Induce Miscarriage

Police say a man in Utah beat a pregnant teenager who asked him to do so in an effort to induce a miscarriage.

Uintah County deputy attorney Mark Thomas says he plans to file an attempted homicide charge Friday against 21-year-old Arron Harrison. He is jailed on $10,000 bail.

The 17-year-old girl also is in custody. Authorities haven't released her name.

Naples Police Chief Mark Watkins says Harrison pummeled the girl's abdomen to try to abort the pregnancy. The six-month-old fetus survived.

Watkins says Harrison isn't the child's father. Neither Thomas nor Watkins knew if either of the two had a lawyer.

Harrison faces one to 15 years in prison if convicted of the attempted homicide charge.


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  • by sarah Location: fayetteville, nc on May 26, 2009 at 09:57 AM
    to what: you make a point.
  • by What! Location: NC on May 26, 2009 at 07:18 AM
    I agree this should be an attempted homicide charge, but if this is then so should all abortions. How is it ok for a Dr. to abort a pregnancy but not ok for someone to do it on there own. A child is a child no matter if the abortion takes place at home or at the Dr.'s office. I feel it is wrong both ways. Children are a precious gift and should be given every opportunity to live a full and successful life.
  • by sarah Location: fayetteville, nc on May 26, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    ok, this is nuts!
  • by OK Location: NC on May 25, 2009 at 10:43 PM
    It's not as hard as you all think. There are alot of kids that are unwanted and lost in the system. The parents could care less if they get them back. Could someone please try to fight for them. To those who are afraid of adoption maybe considering foster care first would be better. These kids do grow up. I can only speak from my personal experiences. Most of the kids I have seen age out of the system end up in jail or on the street. My sympathy goes out to this young mother. I pray for her and her child. I can not imagine what she was thinking. I hope someone comes to her aid and takes responsibility for her child when it is born.
  • by zoban1 Location: Ar on May 25, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    Another senseless, cowardly act. I'm just glad the baby survived, hopefully it will go to a good home.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 25, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    I do not blame anyone that decides to adopt out of country, or even not adopt at all! My wife and I adopted a wonderful 2 yr. old boy from social services. After 3 years of constant battle with courts and having to give him up to his "mother" 3-4 times, we know that one day she can come back and still fight us for custody after all is said and done.. In the mean-time she has someone else raising her child, paying for his clothes, food, shelter, etc.. If you have never experienced the adoption process first hand I suggest you keep it that way! Not everyone that wants to adopt can endure the pain and BS that DSS and the Courts put you through.
  • by adoption Location: to OK on May 25, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    is so much harder than you think. and even more so since the biological family has the right to reclaim the child. its kind of scary and risky to the folks adopting.
  • by mom Location: nc on May 25, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    This is what gets me.Teenagers are getting pregnant and NOT taking care of the babies. It's so,so,so sad.It makes me sick the way they THINK they are GROWN enough to get pregnant but when it comes time to have the baby....they're too young.I feel no remorse for the mother or the man who beat her. All he had to do was say NO..Just like she should've said no.They are both SICK.
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on May 25, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    Whew whoooo, look at the future of America. As soon as the baby is ready to be adopted it needs to be done. As for these two morons it looks like the guy who bit the child's eyes out will have guest on his secluded island waiting for death. The prison is too good for them. And OK I'm right with you on the people that want to adopt should step up, the only problem is they are going outside the US to adopt and not helping their own countrymen.
  • by OK Location: NC on May 25, 2009 at 03:53 AM
    I wish some of those people who are willing to adopt would step foward and start adopting. It's sad that we have so many kids in foster care when there are people willing to adopt them.
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