The inhumane horror that people inflict on each other never ceases to amaze me, but when it involves members of one’s own family, it makes the brutality all that much worse.
A young Dallas teen found out just how cruel and vicious family can be. Her ordeal started in 2013 when she was raped by a 22-year-old relative named Robert Joseph Cayald who was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault.
The young teen got pregnant from the rape and evidently her family was not happy about it. Instead of taking their anger out on Cayald, they turned against the 14-year-old girl who was 8 months pregnant.
After giving her doses of the morning after pill that failed to induce a miscarriage, four family members proceeded to pin the pregnant teen down and physically attack her. One male member bounced up and down on her abdomen, but when that didn’t work, they began kicking and beating her.
After six hours of torture, the teen delivered a stillborn baby, much to the satisfaction of her attackers who then took the infants lifeless body outside and placed it on the barbecue grill in an attempt to destroy the evidence.
According to The Dallas Morning News:
“Cedric Jones, 27, Sharon Lee Jones, 45, Lonnell McDonald, 27, and Cecila McDonald, 25, are all charged with engaging in organized crime. The underlying crime is aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, alleged to be the defendants’ hands and feet, according to the grand jury indictments.”
It’s taken two years to bring charges to the four family members for brutally beating the young teen. But note that none of them is facing any charges for the death of the unborn infant. This wasn’t the teen’s fault and it certainly wasn’t the baby’s fault, but they suffered and one died because they no longer value human life.
The young teen, who is now 16 years old is in the custody of Child Protective Services along with six other children in the family, ages 3, 6, 7, 9, 14, and 15.
In my world, these four family members are guilty of premediated first degree murder of the unborn infant along with the assault on the young teen. They should be charged, tried, and convicted accordingly, not forgetting that Texas still has and carries out the death penalty which all four of them should receive.
Two thousand years ago, the four family members would be taken outside the city gates and stoned to death. I believe that would still be a very appropriate punishment today in this case and the young teen should be given the opportunity to cast the first the stone.