By Dave Andrusko
Arraigned by via video conference Tuesday in St. Joseph County Superior Court in South Bend, Aaron Trejo pleaded not guilty to one count each of murder and feticide in the deaths of Breana Rouhselang and her unborn baby. Rouhselang, 17, was six months pregnant. Trejo is being charged as an adult.
The judge ordered Trejo, a 16-year-old high school football player, to be held in jail without bond pending a December 19 hearing. As we reported Monday, the charging document asserts 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. Her body was discovered inside a dumpster near her mother’s home in Mishawaka, Indiana, over the weekend.
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.
Trejo can also be charged in the death of the baby because of a new law passed in Indiana. “Signed in March 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.”
Rouhselang’s parents told reporters they did not know Breana was pregnant.
“We didn’t know anything about it,” Dave said.
When asked if they are seeking justice, stepmother Nicole Rouhselang replied, “Yes. It needs to be served.”
“She didn’t deserve this,” she added. “Nobody deserves this.”
According to the charging documents, Trejo told police he had planned Roushselang’s murder for a week. An autopsy determined that she died from multiple stab wounds and that she had been strangled with her own scarf.
The family told WHAS television that Breana
was an all-around athlete full of school spirit and dreamed of going to college and becoming an athletic trainer one day, her stepmother said. She was on the Mishawaka High School’s cheerleading squad, was No. 14 on the basketball team and served as manager of the football team.
Dave and Nicole Rouhselang described Breana as a “very sweet, very beautiful young lady” who “wanted to be everyone’s friend.”