Indiana teenager charged with killing schoolmate who was pregnant with his child
Aaron Trejo told investigators he had been planning the killing for about a week. (St Joseph County Jail via AP)
An Indiana high school football player told investigators he killed a 17-year-old schoolmate because he was angry she waited so long to tell him she was pregnant with his child that it was too late to get an abortion, authorities said.
- Aaron Trejo, 16, charged as adult with murder over killing of Breana Rouhselang
- Prosecutors said Trejo told police he stabbed Rouhselang during fight over pregnancy
- Rouhselang last seen at her home on Saturday night, her family called police about 4.30am Sunday
Breana Rouhselang was about six months’ pregnant when she died, her stepmother said. (Supplied: Facebook)
Aaron Trejo, 16, was arrested on Sunday and charged as an adult with murder in the killing of Breana Rouhselang and the foetus.
He was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday (local time).
In a court filing supporting the charges, prosecutors said Trejo told police he stabbed Ms Rouhselang during a fight over her pregnancy and put her body in a restaurant dumpster in their hometown of Mishawaka, about 130 kilometres east of Chicago.
After disposing of her body, Trejo described walking to a river and throwing her phone and the knife he brought from home as far as he could into it, police said.
Trejo told investigators he had been planning the killing for about a week and had not told anyone.
Ms Rouhselang, who was a manager of the Mishawaka High School football team, was last seen at her home around 11:00pm on Saturday.
Her family called police about 4:30am on Sunday after they, “got the feeling that something wasn’t right”, St Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit spokesman Alex Arendt said.
An autopsy determined Ms Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds and that a scarf had been tied tightly enough around her neck that strangulation was occurring before she died.
Her stepmother, Nicole Rouhselang, said Ms Rouhselang had been a softball coach, cheerleader and football team manager at the school.
She also said her stepdaughter was about six months’ pregnant when she died.
Indiana generally doesn’t allow abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
“I’ve known her since she was six,” she said. “I just don’t understand it.”
Prosecutors say Trejo told police he put Ms Rouhselang’s body in a restaurant skip in their home town of Mishakawa. (AP: Joseph Dits/South Bend Tribune)
Mishawaka schools superintendent Dean Speicher said some of the high school’s 1,500 students took part in a silent vigil on Monday morning to honour Ms Rouhselang.
Mr Speicher said Ms Rouhselang and Trejo had attended schools together since elementary grades, but he did not know any details about any relationship between them.
“They’ve known each other long before they came together — she as a manager and he as a football player — at Mishawaka High School,” he said.
Mr Speicher said he was not aware of any previous violence between the students.
“To our knowledge there were no signs, everything appeared to be very normal,” he said.