The mother of a 16-year-old pregnant girl has been arrested after she allegedly forced her daughter to drink turpentine in an attempt to cause an abortion. The girl's two cousins were also arrested late last week.
The mother, 44-year-old Rozelletta Blacksire, has been charged by police in Columbus, Ohio, with first-degree cruelty to children and criminal abortion. The cousins, aged 26 and 28 were charged with criminal abortion.
The girl is three months pregnant and it is still undetermined as to whether the digestion of turpentine harmed the girl or the foetus. The case is being handled by the sex crimes unit, as it is thought the baby was conceived during an assault.