Three family members connected to the brutal beating of a pregnant teenager who was raped and forced to miscarry her baby pleaded guilty to the crime and were sentenced to prison this week.
Sharon Jones, 47, was sentenced to 12 years, while her daughter Cecila McDonald, 28, got seven years, and 29-year-old son, Cedric Jones Jr., was sentenced to five years in prison.
Each pleaded guilty to felony family violence aggravated assault.
Another man, Lonnell McDonald, was convicted of aggravated assault in 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with the 2013 assault.
The victim, now 19, reported the attack in 2015.
The girl’s brother, 24-year-old Robert Cayald, faces an aggravated sexual assault charge in the case. He was found incompetent to stand trial last year, and his case is pending.
Cayald is accused of raping his 13-year-old sister in August 2012. She became pregnant from the attack. When her relatives learned she was eight months’ pregnant, they forced her to take birth control pills and cinnamon tablets to try to abort the baby.
When that didn’t work, they held down the teen and took turns stomping on her pregnant belly.
During the attack, Cecila McDonald yelled at the teen, “Bitch, you ain’t about to get my kids taken away from me.”
The teen and her younger sister had been sent to Dallas after their grandmother died to live with their aunt, Sharon Jones.
The girl was taken in “by people who promised to take care of her,” prosecutor Rachel Burris said during the sentencing hearing. Judge Gary Stephens sentenced the trio.
“They held her down. They forced her to lay there while people stomped her,” Burris argued. “I️t was savage.”
SOURCE: Tasha Tsiaperas
The Dallas Morning News