An Indiana high school football player has been accused of stabbing a pregnant cheerleader in the heart, then leaving her body in a dumpster supposedly because he didn't want her to give birth to the child she was carrying.
Aaron Trejo, 16, a Mishawaka High School athlete, was arrested and charged as an adult with one count of murder and one count of feticide after 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang's body was discovered Sunday in a dumpster behind a restaurant near the victim's home.
Trejo was allegedly angry that Rouhselang, his ex, had waited too long to tell him about the pregnancy for her to consider an abortion, according to court documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
He had allegedly thought about killing the teen, who was reportedly six months pregnant, for about a week.
On Saturday night, Rouhselang had reportedly told her mother she was going to meet Trejo behind a restaurant near her mother's house at around 11 p.m. But, when her mom woke up at 1 a.m. her daughter hadn't returned. She then went to Trejo's home to ask where her daughter was.
Trejo allegedly told her he had gone out to meet her daughter, but when he got to the spot they had arranged, she wasn't there so he went home.
Her mother called police who discovered the teen's glasses and a stocking cap covered in blood, in the alley, court documents said. Officers found more blood and soon found Rouhselang's body in a nearby dumpster in back of a restaurant near the house, with a plastic trash bag over her head and upper body.
Police brought Trejo and his parents to the station for questioning.
Although he initially claimed that Rouhselang was not there when he went to meet her, he allegedly told police he "took action" because he had not wanted the baby, and he was upset that Rouhselang had waited so long to inform him that she was pregnant, court documents said.
"I took action...I took her life," he allegedly told authorities, adding that he allegedly stabbed her with a knife had brought from home.
"Aaron chose to use a knife because he thought it would kill Breana quickly," court documents said.
Trejo told investigators he threw Rouhselang's cell phone and the knife into the river as far as he could throw it before returning home.
An autopsy was performed Monday, before official charges were filed, Jessica McBrier, director of special projects and media relations for the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, told Oxygen.com.
Rouhselang had reportedly been active in many sports at Mishawaka, where both attended school.
In addition to cheerleading, she also played softball, according to the South Bend Tribune. Rouhselang also served as the manager for the school's football team, where Trejo was a player.
The victim's stepmother, Nicole Rouhselang, said Breana had talked about visiting colleges, but recently had failing grades.
She said she last saw her stepdaughter, who lives with her biological mom, on Nov. 17 during a family birthday celebration; she didn't learn the teen was pregnant until Sunday.
“She was like my daughter,” Nicole Rouhselang said, according to the Tribune. “I’ve known her since she was 6. I just don’t understand it. She was young. … too young to have a baby herself.”
As news spread of the teen's death, classmates said they were shocked to learn about what happened.
“I think it’s horrible,” classmate Alexis Humphries told WBND-LD. “I don’t understand how somebody could do that like, she was just such an amazing person her friends, family, she definitely did not deserve this.”
The Mishawaka High School released a statement calling the death a "terrible tragedy" and said they will have grief counselors available to students at the high school throughout the day.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends who have been affected by this great loss," they wrote. "Our focus now is to offer all of the support possible to our staff and students."
[Photos: St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office/Facebook]
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