A man in Flint Township, Michigan, will not see freedom for many years after he tried to abort his child by beating his former girlfriend while she was pregnant. When Samuel Jenkins’ girlfriend changed her mind about aborting their preborn baby, he decided to take matters into is own hands. Now he has been convicted in the attempt to abort their baby, a Michigan prosecutor announced last week.
Jenkins, who is 30-years old, was convicted of a laundry list of charges including torture, criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, attempted assault of a pregnant individual to induce abortion, aggravated domestic violence, and knowingly assaulting a pregnant individual.
According to the Office of Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton in Michigan, the case dates back to 2018, when the couple initially decided to have an abortion — but Jenkins’ girlfriend changed her mind. When she became unable to hide the baby at about 27 weeks, Jenkins told her he would “beat it out of her.”
The prosecutor’s office issued a statement, in which the prosecutor noted that on August 3, 2018, Jenkins attacked the victim by “multiple violent punches, but the victim protected herself and her stomach with whatever part of her body she could.” The prosecutor’s statement also noted that Jenkins then pointed a gun at the victim, threatening to shoot her.
Only four days later, the victim, wise to the fact that Jenkins was about to commit another crime against her, managed to record this one, and, the prosecutor’s statement details, recorded two hours of audio. In the recording, the victim was violently beaten. Jenkins threatened to kill both the victim, and the baby when he or she was born, by breaking the baby’s neck, and then sexually assaulted the victim. The statement continued by explaining that the victim managed to get herself to a hospital after the assault, and a week later Jenkins was arrested, with a gun was found in his car.
Jenkins’ crime, called “egregious” and “heinous” by Prosecutor Leyton in a TV interview with WNEM in Michigan, did not prevent the baby from being born safe and healthy. Jenkins will be sentenced on September 13, and faces potential decades in prison.
“I am very grateful for the jury’s verdict in rendering justice against a man who violently beat his pregnant girlfriend in an attempt to abort her pregnancy,” Leyton said in the statement. “The acts of the defendant show him to be a danger to society and the justice system is making sure he will be held accountable for his actions.”
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