Man charged with trying to kill girlfriend's fetus

12:36 PM, Apr 17, 2012   |    comments
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ANOKA, Minn. - Anoka County prosecutors have charged a 28-year-old Fridley man with attempted first degree murder after an alleged assault on his pregnant girlfriend.

A criminal complaint issued in Anoka County Court says Kenneth Turner entered his ex-girlfriend's apartment in Fridley during the early morning hours of April 13 and violently assaulted her over a three-hour period.

The woman told police Turner punched and kicked her, and pulled her hair. Prosecutors also say Turner ordered his girlfriend to lay on her back on the bed, and then stomped on her stomach with both feet. According to the victim Turner stated she "did not deserve the baby" and that he "was going to kill it."

The woman bled and experienced significant pain in her abdomen.

"This type of criminal behavior is shocking and will be dealt with severely if these allegations are proven," said Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo in a written statement.  

Authorities are continuing their investigation. At this point no information has been released on the condition of the fetus.

Anoka County District Court Judge Douglas B. Meslow set bail for Turner at $500,000 and prohibited Turner from having contact with his girlfriend.

Turner's next court appearance is scheduled for May 14.

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