Ariel Castro May Face Death Penalty for Killing Unborn Children

Published:4:59 pm EDT, May 9, 2013| Updated:7:04 pm EDT, May 9, 2013|
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Already charged with kidnapping and rape, Ariel Castro may soon face aggravated murder charges — punishable by death — if prosecutor Timothy McGinty has anything to say about it.

Kidnap victim Michelle Knight says she was impregnated five times by her captor, and each time he killed the unborn child by starving her for weeks and punching her in the belly. He may have terminated additional pregnancies of the other two victims.

Cleveland.com reports McGinty will pursue several additional charges against Castro, who already faces four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape:

McGinty said he will pursue charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder and assault against Castro, as well as charge him for each day the women were held captive and for each instance in which they say they were raped.

An aggravated murder conviction would make Castro eligible for the death penalty.

National Review Online tracked down the Ohio law that allows for murder charges related to the killing of unborn children, via the National Conference of State Legislatures:

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2903.01 et seq. (2002) define aggravated murder, murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, felonious assault, aggravated assault, assault and negligent assault. The law applies to a person, which includes an "unborn member of the species Homo sapiens, who is or was carried in the womb of another."

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