Florida Mother sentenced after allegedly forcing daughter to have abortion and throwing 6 month unborn baby in trash

Mother sentenced after allegedly forcing daughter to have abortion

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1-22-2010

A judge sentenced 39-year-old Tonuya Rainey to three years of house arrest Friday for allegedly inducing labor on her 16-year-old daughter and later throwing the fetus in the trash.

After Rainey’s 16-year-old daughter gave birth on a toilet at home on March 6, 2009, authorities say, Rainey threw the fetus in the garbage.

According to search warrant , the 16-year-old girl thought she was about six months pregnant and wanted to have her baby boy. Her mother, told her she was too young.

The teenager told detectives her mother gave her white pills and when she couldn’t swallow them, her mother crushed them and put them in her tea.

The girl told police she gave birth on March 6 over a toilet. The teenager said she removed the baby boy from the toilet and placed him on her bed, police said. According to the documents, she said the baby was moving his hands and breathing. Police said her mother took the child, came back and said he did not survive, Local 10’s Jeff Weinsier reported.

Rainey told detectives the baby was not alive and that she put it in the trash. She placed the infant in a bag and dumped the body in a trashcan in a Silver Lakes community subdivision, police said. Police never found the remains.

Miramar Police Detective Yessenia Diaz said Rainey admitted giving her daughter medication from a Miami clinic to end the pregnancy. Rainey is not a nurse but works in the medical field.

Broward County Judge John Hurley called the circumstances surrounding Rainey’s arrest the worst he has seen in his career.

“I have handled murder cases in here. I’ve handled sex cases. I’ve handled everything. This is it. This is in the pinnacle. I’ve never been so disturbed as a lawyer about any case I’ve ever come across,” Hurley said in open court. “I think a child’s life was terminated. It looks like the child actually left the womb and was murdered.”

Rainey was charged with termination of pregnancy, unlicensed practice of health care, child abuse and improper disposal of human remains.

In the documents filed in court indicates that when the defendant was originally charged the The magistrate stated:
“Based on the facts that I hear, I’m going to – As I said, I
believe that what has allegedly occurred is tantamount to murder so
I’m going to set a bond in that regard and consistent with my feelings
on that. Termination of pregnancy, your bond’s going to be a hundred thousand dollars.”

Also the report states that “The judge repeatedly stated that he believed what occurred was
“tantamount to murder” despite the fact that the Affidavit contained factual
discrepancies with respect to whether the child was born alive or stilborn
.”

Under the terms of a plea deal, Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry ordered Rainey, 39, to serve seven years on probation after she completes house arrest.

Rainey’s daughter was 24 weeks pregnant when Rainey gave her a combination of pills to induce the illegal abortion.

Rainey, who worked as a surgical technician at Broward General Medical Center, had gotten the drugs from a friend, her defense attorney, Assistant Public Defender Dorothy Ferraro, said.

This was not done to be mean or out of anything but love for her daughter,” Ferraro said. “She didn’t want her 16-year-old daughter to live the life she lived, having children at a very young age and unable to support them without a proper education.”

Rainey has five other minor children at home. The once pregnant daughter has lived in foster care since the incident, Ferraro said.

Rainey pleaded guilty to five felony and two misdemeanor charges ranging from unlawful termination of pregnancy, practicing medicine without a license, child abuse and unlawful disposal of fetal remains.

She had faced a maximum penalty of 26 years behind bars.

Prosecutor Dennis Siegel told the judge the original plea offer included jail time, but he was “urged” by the victim’s therapist and the Guardian Ad Litem program not to send Rainey to jail because “it might cause some severe issues as far as trauma in the house to the other children and even the victim.”

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