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Thug jailed after googling ways to kill unborn baby before recruiting cousin to attack teenage pregnant lover to cause miscarriage

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An expectant father and the relative he recruited to kill his unborn child by forcing laundry detergent down his pregnant teenage lover’s throat have been jailed for a total of 21 years. 

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Harief Pearson, 22, enlisted his cousin Kydie McKenna, 22, and a 16-year-old teenage girl, who cannot be named, to kill his unborn baby because he “did not want to be a father”, a court heard.

The 16-year-old girl, who was aged 15 at the time of the incident, was also jailed at Harrow Crown Court on Friday. 

All three had previously pleaded guilty to their part in the assault.

Detectives discovered that Pearson had googled “how to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy” and “what can heroin do to an unborn baby” in the days before the attack.  

The group took their victim, 17, hostage at Pearson’s home in Harlesden on the morning of December 12 last year and subjected her to hours of abuse. 

McKenna and the teenage girl kicked the victim in her stomach, back and chest, ripped off one of her nails and poured alcohol over her bloodied face, the court heard. 

After around 20 minutes, Pearson ordered the assault to stop. However, after asking the victim whether she thought she had miscarried, Pearson ordered the attack to start again.

When the victim asked for water, alcohol and blue laundry detergent was poured into her mouth instead. 

The assault was stopped only when Pearson became worried his mother was coming home, prosecutors said. The victim was told that if she called police, she would be killed. 

She was left bloodied and bruised in a nearby street and an ambulance called. The unborn child survived the attack.

Pearson and the 16-year-old girl were arrested later that day at an address in Fulham. McKenna was arrested on January 14.

Detective Constable Nick Lee from the North West Command Unit who led the investigation said: “I am incredibly proud of the victim in this case for showing such bravery throughout the investigation.

“This was a ferocious and prolonged attack on a vulnerable young girl who was held against her will and savagely beaten.

“While Pearson did not actually take part in the physical violence, he clearly plotted it and used McKenna and the 16-year-old girl to carry out his plan to cause the victim to miscarry her unborn child. 

“Only when Pearson thought the victim had miscarried, did the assault end. His actions were truly sickening.

“Thankfully, the baby was unharmed and I hope this sentencing give the victim some closure, and provides her with the strength she’ll need as she embarks on the next chapter of her life as a mother.”

Pearson pleaded guilty to attempted grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Charges of administering a poison to cause a miscarriage, theft and false imprisonment were ordered to lie on file. He was sentenced to a total of 11 years.

McKenna pleaded guilty to attempted grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice. She was sentenced to a total of ten years.

The girl, who is now 16, pleaded guilty to attempted grievous bodily harm, administering a poison to cause a miscarriage, theft and false imprisonment. She was sentenced to a total of four years.

Pearson and McKenna will also be subjected to an extended licence of two years.

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