Family Members Who Beat Teen to Induce Abortion Indicted

A Dallas County grand jury has indicted four people who police say beat a teenage member of their family to induce an abortion.

Cedric Jones, 27, Sharon Jones, 45, Cecila McDonald, 25 and Lonnell McDonald, 27, have all been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

According to an arrest affidavit, the four family members discovered the girl was pregnant in early 2013 and she was given multiple doses of birth control pills, emergency conception pills and cinnamon tablets by one of the suspects in an attempt to abort the baby.

The girl told police that because that didn't work, the suspects beat her for six hours and she ended up giving birth to a stillborn child.

The family then attempted to cover up the crime by burning the 8-month old stillborn baby on a charcoal grill at a home in Pleasant Grove in Dallas, according to police.

An affidavit said the hours-long beating wasn't reported until May 22, 2015 when a woman who said she witnessed the assault took the teenager, now 16, to police.

The woman who helped file the police report told authorities the girl was crying in extreme pain during the beating. The affidavit said one of the suspects told the girl to "shut up" and cry into a pillow during the assault.

A trial date has not yet been set.

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