Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Bad Parenting Revisited

And now, more news from the How NOT to Parent a Pregnant Teen department:

Police: Teen Forced to Drink Turpentine

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- Police have arrested the mother and two cousins of a pregnant 16-year-old who are accused of forcing the teen to drink turpentine in an attempt to induce an abortion.

Rozelletta B. Blackshire, 44, was charged with criminal abortion and first-degree cruelty to children, Columbus Police Sgt. Debra Bohannon said. The teen's cousins, Shonda Y. Blackshire, 26, of Columbus, and Monica M. Johnson, 28, of Eufaula, Ala., also were arrested Friday and charged with criminal abortion.

Investigators have not determined whether the turpentine has had any harmful effects on the teen, who is three months pregnant, or the fetus.

"There's no medical evidence that would support you could induce an abortion by giving her turpentine," Bohannon said. "Still, it's not made to ingest. It's not good to ingest."

Bohannon said the girl's mother and cousins twice forced her to drink turpentine between Sept. 12 and Sept. 20.

The women might have wanted the teen to have an abortion because her pregnancy could have exacerbated an unrelated health problem, Bohannon said. The girl is in protective custody.

Police were notified after the girl told her school counselor that her mother made her drink turpentine.

Bohannon said the sex crimes unit was handling the case because they already were investigating a sexual assault case involving the pregnant teen. Investigators believe the girl conceived during that assault.

If convicted in the criminal abortion case, the women could face up to 10 years in prison.


  • At Tue Sep 26, 12:34:00 PM, Blogger courtney said…


  • At Tue Sep 26, 01:38:00 PM, Blogger Wade said…

    As I have gotten older, I have noticed that I have less and less tolerance or compassion for those who have no tolerance or compassion . . . these people aren't helping me resolve this ever growing problem of mine.

  • At Wed Sep 27, 07:02:00 AM, Blogger pegc said…

    I heard this story yesterday and my comment to my husband was this:

    Isn't it interesting that the two women may be punished in prison (which I am not opposed to) but the child could have gone to an abortion clinic and had an abortion and no one would have even had to know!!!!

    Something is really wrong with our system!


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