MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Michigan authorities Tuesday charged a teenager with using a souvenir baseball bat to make his girlfriend have a miscarriage.
Both the suspect and his girlfriend, both 16, were complicit in the termination of the pregnancy, the Macomb County prosecutor's office said. The boyfriend used a 22-inch bat to strike his girlfriend's abdomen numerous times over two weeks.
Their parents were unaware of the pregnancy.
Because state law only applies to the one making the "intentional conduct" against the pregnant individual, the girl will not be charged.
The case will be handled in juvenile court, officials said.
"This crime is shocking and reprehensible," Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a news release. "I will not entertain any plea bargaining on it."
The case came to light when the female told an adult facilitator at a high school leadership conference. The facilitator then contacted authorities.