lonnell-mcdonaldDALLAS, TX – One of the individuals accused of jumping on a pregnant teen’s stomach to successfully force an abortion after she was raped, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Lonnell McDonald was found guilty on Friday and sentenced to 10 years in prison for aggravated assault. The 28-year-old is still facing a pending charge for conspiracy to commit capital murder.

For any of you who may have missed the original story, the victim was raped and impregnated by her older brother in 2012 when she was just 14-years-old. She did not report the crime because she was embarrassed, but five months later her family could see that she was pregnant.

Fearing other children in the home would be removed by CPS if the details surrounding the girl’s pregnancy were investigated, the family decided to hide the crime. At first, 45-year-old Sharon Jones tried giving the girl multiple doses of birth control pills, emergency contraception pills and cinnamon tablets.

When none of these methods killed the baby, the family decided the only course of action was to beat the baby out of her.

The girl, along with a witness, told police she was eight months pregnant when 25-year-old Cecilia McDonald held her arms down in the living room of Jones’ house while Lonnell McDonald kicked and bounced up and down on her stomach.

To speed thing up, Sharon Jones then called Cedric Jones Jr. to the house to help out. The suspects all took turns beating, punching and kicking the girl in the stomach over the course of six hours. According to the arrest affidavit, McDonald was heard yelling, “[Expletive], you ain’t about to get my kids taken away from me.”

Eventually, the victim delivered what she believed was a stillborn baby in the bathroom. Cecila McDonald allegedly entered the bathroom and placed the baby in a white plastic mop bucket and removed it from the room. The victim did not receive any medical care, despite losing a lot of blood, aside from Cecila McDonald giving her some iron pills.

According to the arrest affidavit, the dead baby was placed in a charcoal grill and set on fire. Cedric Jones returned to the home two days later to disposed of the remains after Sharon Jones paid him $25 to “take care of the rest of it.” The remains have never been found.

All four suspects were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit capital murder. The victim’s brother, 23-year-old Robert Cayald, was arrested for raping her. Lonnell McDonald was the first to go on trial, so I am guessing the remaining three may start taking plea deals if offered.

Child Protective Services removed seven children from the home – the victim’s 15-year-old brother and 14-year-old sister, as well as Cecila McDonald’s four children: a 9-year-old girl, 7-year-old girl, 6-year-old boy and 3-year-old boy.

The victim, who is now 17, reportedly lives with a foster family.

Sharon Jones, Cedric Jones, Cecilia McDonald, Lonnell McDonald

Sharon Jones, Cedric Jones, Cecilia McDonald, Lonnell McDonald

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