By Dave Andrusko
According to Taisha Ramirez’s family, the 10th grader at Lakeside High School in Ashtabula, Ohio, was pregnant, already planning on going to college, and had sent out cards for her baby shower which was to take place tomorrow.
But now her family is planning a memorial for the same day for the 17-year-old who died with her eight-month-old unborn child on May 25, allegedly at the hand of the baby’s father, Marque Brown, 20.
Making an unbearably tragedy even worse, Ramirez had been treated at the hospital for facial injuries and what looked like a broken nose just hours before she and her baby were killed.
Reporting for a local television station, Dena Greer explained that police had been called early that Sunday morning on a report of a domestic situation. “I heard the scream and when I came down. I just saw the blood on the floor and I saw her bleeding,” said Ismal Ruic, her brother, who was inside the family home at the time of the assault.
They took Ramirez to Ashtabula County Medical Center where the victim was treated and released. Brown, who was in the home, was a suspect in the assault.
Incredibly, at around 9:15 a.m., barely three hours after police investigated the assault on Ramirez, paramedics responded to a report of Ramirez being found unresponsive, according to Ashtabula police. Ramirez was found conscious and “authorities said that Ramirez was rushed back to the hospital, where she and her unborn child died at 10:34 a.m.,” Greer reported.
“She was so happy that this was her last year,” neighbor and close friend, Alexis Salgado told Mark Zinni of Fox News 8. “She was gonna have a baby. She was happy about that. She was gonna finish school and start college.”
“[She was] eight months pregnant; that’s what gets me,” he said. “You’re going to let a girl go that is 17 and eight months pregnant after getting beat up and you’re not going to check the baby? What did they do there? That’s what gets me. Maybe if she stayed there at the hospital [she’d] still be with us.”
Brown is being held on a $820,000 bond.