ASHTABULA, Ohio - A 17-year-old pregnant teenager and her unborn child died over the weekend just hours after she was released from the hospital following a domestic violence incident.
Ashtabula Police said they responded to the 900 block of W. 48th St. just before 6 a.m. Sunday for a report of a domestic situation.
Upon arrival, a 17-year-old girl, Taisha Ramirez, of Ashtabula, was found with minor facial injuries, including what appeared to be a broken nose.
The victim was treated at Ashtabula County Medical Center and then released. Police said she was also eight months pregnant.
The girl's boyfriend Marque Brown, 20, who witnesses say was the suspect in the assault, was also located at the scene. Officers took him into custody on a domestic violence charge. Police said that he is believed to be the father of the teen's unborn baby.
Then around 9:15 a.m., paramedics responded back to W. 48th Street for a report of Ramirez being found unresponsive, according to Ashtabula Police and the Ashtabula County coroner.
Authorities said the Ramirez was rushed back to the hospital, where she and her unborn child died at 10:34 a.m.
The cause of death of the teenage mother and her unborn child has not been determined. The victim’s body was sent to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
The alleged suspect was arraigned in the Ashtabula Municipal Court Tuesday morning on two counts of murder and a domestic violence charge. His bond was set at $820,000.