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Minnesota Man Charged with beating girlfriend in attempt to kill unborn child

by | Apr 20, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Kenneth Turner

Kenneth L. Turner has been charged with brutally beating his pregnant girlfriend in attempt to kill his unborn child.

Turner, 28, “assaulted his ex-girlfriend at a home for three hours, at one point ordering her to lie on her back and stomping on her stomach with both feet, the charge said,” reported David Chanen, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “He told her she didn’t deserve the baby and that he was going to kill it, the complaint said.”

The unidentified woman is two months pregnant and while she had vaginal bleeding and significant pain in her uterus, it is unclear whether the baby suffered any permanent injuries. Turner was charged with felony first-degree attempted murder of an unborn child and felony domestic assault, Chanen reported.

District Judge Douglas B. Meslow set bail for Turner at $500,000 and prohibited Turner from having contact with the woman.

Turner’s girlfriend managed to call police about 8 a.m. last Friday to report the assault, according to the complain. “Besides stomping on her stomach, he repeatedly kicked and choked her,” Chanen reported.

“This type of criminal behavior is shocking and will be dealt with severely if these allegations are proven,” said Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo stated. May 14 is Turner’s next scheduled court appearance.

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