Texas Man Faces Death Penalty for Killing Unborn Baby
Lifenews.com: A Texas man is being tried for killing an unborn baby during a vicious attack on his girlfriend. Michael Lee Cunningham will be charged with murder for the death of his own five-month-old unborn child, who was miscarried after Cunningham assaulted her mother. He will be facing the death penalty.
The woman, Courtney Quintana, 22, was in a parked car with Cunningham when the two began to argue. She reportedly got out of the car and he followed her, grabbing her by the hair and forced her against the side of the car, then slamming the car door repeatedly into her abdomen.
Quintana escaped and dialed 911, and the police arrived. Quintana was taken to the hospital and treated, but the baby could not be saved. Cunningham had fled the scene by the time police arrived, but was eventually tracked down and arrested. Police say that alcohol was a factor in the assault and murder.
Texas law considers killing an unborn child to be murder unless the killing is done during a legal abortion. The reason Cunningham is facing the death penalty is because Texas law also stipulates that if a murder is committed in the course of committing another felony, it automatically becomes a capital case. Since the assault on Quintana was a felony in itself, the subsequent death of her child has become a case of capital murder.
The assault took place on February 23 of this year. Ironically, had the unborn baby being killed by an abortionist on February 22, no charges would’ve been filed against anyone.