Minnesota Man Charged with Murder of Preborn Baby

A man whom police say beat his 18-year-old pregnant girlfriend has also been charged with the murder of her preborn baby, The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The police report describes how an elevator security camera captured 20-year-old Dino Scott mugging for the camera, then kicking and punching his girlfriend until she appeared to be unconscious. The woman, who was 12-weeks pregnant, miscarried as a result of her injuries.

Minnesota law allows a person to be charged in the death of a preborn child, though such cases have not been commonly prosecuted.

Kyle Christopherson, communications specialist for the Minnesota Supreme Court, said 12 people have been charged with either attempted murder or manslaughter of a child in the womb since 1999 — but only half were convicted.

Minnesota law states that a pregnancy terminated through the execution of another felony is subject to a separate criminal charge.