A 16-year-old football player has been charged as an adult for killing a 17-year-old pregnant schoolmate and cheerleader whose body was found in an Indiana restaurant dumpster.
Aaron Trejo, 16, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was arrested Sunday. He told police he stabbed the girl after she hid her pregnancy.
The body of Breana Rouhselang, 17, a cheerleader and football team manager at Mishawaka High School, was discovered by authorities Sunday morning in a dumpster behind Pasquale Rulli Pizza in Mishawaka, just a block away from where she lived with her biological mother.
According to charging documents, Trejo confessed that he thought about killing Rouhselang for a week, brought a knife to their meet up and stabbed her so she’d die quickly. He then disposed of her body and that of the unborn child in a plastic bag he’d brought along before throwing her phone in a river.
He is set for arraignment on Tuesday.
Her mother last saw her alive when the teen said she was going to meet the father of her baby behind their house at 11pm. She never returned.
Detective Gery Mullins detailed the conversation in charging documents in which Trejo confessed to the horrifying crimes, which occurred after the teenage pair had a fight.
‘I then asked Aaron if the fight was about the pregnancy,’ Mullins wrote.
‘Aaron Trejo quietly said, “Yes.” Aaron then explained that Breana waited too long to tell Aaron about the pregnancy to get an abortion. I asked Aaron what he did about that, and he replied, “I took action…I took her life.”
‘Aaron explained that he stabbed Breana in the heart with a knife he brought from home. Aaron chose to use a knife because he thought it would kill Breana quickly.
‘Aaron stated that he put the black plastic bag over Breana, which he had brought from home for that purpose.
‘Aaron Trejo said that he had been planning and thinking about killing Breana and the baby for about a week and had not told anybody. Aaron Trejo said that after he put Breana’s body in the dumpster, he walked to the river and threw Breana’s phone and his knife as far out into the river as he could.’
An autopsy confirmed that Rouhselang died from multiple stab wounds and that her scarf had been tied so tightly that strangulation was occurring before she died.
Breana’s stepmother, Nicole Rouhselang, told reporters on Sunday that Breana had been about six months pregnant at the time of her death.
Nicole also said that the last time that she had seen Breana was when she attended her father Dave Rouhselang’s birthday celebration on November 17.
Breana was last seen at her home at 11 pm Saturday before leaving and telling her mother she was going to meet the father of her baby.
Her mother woke up at 1 am and realized her daughter wasn’t home and went to Trejo’s house. Trejo told her that Breana never showed up to talk and that she lost her phone.
Her family called police about 4.30 am Sunday after they ‘got the feeling that something wasn’t right,’ Arendt said.
Authorities then began searching the alley near her family home, eventually discovering her body in the dumpster behind Pasquale Rulli’s.
Authorities said that the restaurant itself was not involved in the homicide, but that it was just ‘a location of opportunity to hide the victim,’ according to the South Bend Tribune.
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SOURCE: Associated Press / Daily Mail – Maxine Shen