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Teenage football player pleads guilty to murder and feticide

by | Oct 31, 2019

Victim was six months pregnant when she was stabbed to death

By Dave Andrusko

Photo credit: WNDU

After insisting for ten months he was not guilty of murdering 17-year- old Breana Rouhselang and her six-months-old unborn child, Aaron Trejo, of Mishawaka, Indiana, pled guilty Wednesday during a status conference.

Trejo,17, “now faces more than 80 years in prison,” according to Kim Shine of WNDU, for murder and feticide. His sentencing is scheduled for January 7.

Rouhselang’s “ body was found in a black garbage bag in a dumpster,” Ben Kesslen of NBC News reported. “An autopsy determined Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds.”

Trejo told detectives at the time that he had planned for about a week to kill Rouhselang and he admitted to throwing the murder weapon in a river.

Despite his confession, Trejo initially pleaded not guilty.

As NRL News Today reported last December, Trejo, who was tried as an adult,  could also be charged in the death of the baby because of a new law passed in Indiana. 

“Signed in March [2018] by Gov. Eric Holcomb, Senate Enrolled Act 203 permits charges of murder, manslaughter and feticide against any person killing an unborn child, at any stage of development, during the commission of a felony,” Indiana Right to Life explained. “Additionally, should those charges not succeed in a criminal case, it maintains the judge’s ability to add additional sentencing of six to 20 years. Sen. Aaron Freeman (District 32) authored the bill after hearing from a woman in his district whose pregnant daughter and grandchild were killed in a homicide.”

As we reported back on December 12,  the charging document asserted that Viejo told police he strangled and stabbed Rouhselang because she had waited to tell him about her pregnancy until it was too late for her to get an abortion.

According to ABC News Radio

Trejo allegedly admitted to investigators that he stabbed Rouhselang in the heart with a knife Saturday night after they argued over her pregnancy, according to a charging document.

He allegedly told police that he went to Rouhselang’s house with a knife “because he thought it would kill Breana quickly,” according to the charging document.

“I took action….I took her life,” Trejo allegedly told police, the affidavit states.

Miss Rouhselang’s father and step-mother said they did not know Rouhselang was pregnant. Viejo was a football player at Mishawaka High School. Rouhselang was a  cheerleader at the same high school, a softball player, and football team manager. She “went missing in December after she had gone outside her family home to talk to Trejo,” according to Kesslen.

Dave Rouhselang, Breana’s father, told 16 News Now, “She was probably the nicest, most genuine, caring, innocent person you could probably meet.”

Mishawaka Police Lt. Tim Williams said, “It doesn’t matter how much time someone is given, the loss is never going to be replaced.”

Williams knows most of the kids who’ve grown up in Mishawaka. He grew close to Rouhselang through the school district’s D.A.R.E. program.

“Children like Breana make such make such a huge impact on me. It’s almost like losing a child,” he added.

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