Prosecutor Continues To Stonewall On Criminal Charges In Hialeah Baby Murder Case

Miami, FL – Ignoring a letter signed by 44 members of the State House of Representatives Friday, Florida State Attorney Katherine Rundle issued a statement indicating that no decision has been made on the filing of criminal charges against abortionist Pierre Renelique and others involved in the intentional murder of a baby born alive during a botched abortion at a Hialeah abortion clinic.

Rundle’s statement was in response to a press conference held by Rev. Pat Mahoney, Director of the Washington, DC based Christian Defense Coalition calling on her to bring criminal charges.

Rundle said in part, “While we understand the emotional perception that this is an ‘easy matter’ nothing could be further from the truth. The legal and ethical requirements that we be able to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt dictate that we thoroughly complete our investigation before we come to a legal decision in this matter.”

“Ms. Rundle’s statement implying we are ’emotional’ is insulting to those of us who have fought for justice for Baby Shanice Denise Osbourne for over two and a half years. Maybe a little emotion from the State Attorney’s office might help her understand the need for justice in this tragic murder of a defensless baby,” said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger.

“We have seen the results of two autopsy reports that indicate that Baby Shanice had air in her lungs and was born alive, and that the actions Relelique and his unlicensed workers caused the baby’s death. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist or a legal expert to understand that from the available evidence.”

Renelique did not show up for a scheduled abortion, causing Shanice to be born alive. Belkis Gonzalez, an unlicensed abortion worker, cut Shanice’s umbilical cord common office scissors. Shanice was still breathing and moving when she was shoved into a trash bag and tossed in the trash. Her body was later hidden on the roof of the abortion clinic. Renelique’s medical license was revoked earlier this month because of this case.

Forty-four members of the Florida House signed a letter urging Rundle to criminally charge those responsible for Shanice’s death.

“If Ms. Rundle won’t do her job and bring these killers to justice, it is time to go over her head to the State Attorney General’s office,” said Sullenger. “We appreciate the efforts of the House members and Rev. Mahoney in calling attention to this heinous crime. We urge those who, like us, are concerned about the value of each human life, to contact Attorney General Bill McCollum and ask that he assign a prosecutor that will hold Shanice’s killers accountable for her death.”

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum
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Read Rundle’s Statement
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View additional photos of press conference

  • tobra

    A dead baby at an abortion clinic is status quo, not probable cause ya’ll.

    Secession is the only answer, i am weary of listening to these hell bound bastards anyhow.

  • Numeaning

    Miami Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been the primary prosecution squatter for two and a half years now laughing her miserable head off…

    Please Join in Asking :

    “What has to happen before Governor Crist
    appoints another State Attorney’s Office
    that has the integrity, sense of urgency,
    and conviction to take responsibility for
    prosecuting the “Baby Shanice” murder?

    Fl Governor Charlie Crist:

    Phone: 850.488.5603 (Direct Line-Melanie Secretary)

    Phone: 850.488.4441 (3 Citizen Action Operators)

    Phone: 850.488.3494 (Legal Office for Attorneys)

    Fax: 850..487.0801

    Office of the Governor
    400 S Monroe St
    Tallahassee, Florida 323996536

  • Christina Durante

    Below is letter that I sent to Florida Attorney General which more adequately reflects my comments:

    Attn: Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum March 03, 2009

    Dear Sir,

    I am writing you to appeal for justice in the criminal act that took the precious life of Baby Shanice Denise Osborne by abortionist Pierre Renelique and others involved in the intentional murder of a baby born alive during a botched abortion at a Hialeah abortion clinic. It saddens me that your office is taking such delay in recognizing that the death of this child was intentional and inhumane and possibly preventable (under the law). While the choice to abort a child may be legal, in the sense that our courts do not consider it criminal, it is illegal for abortion to be performed by an unlicensed person and then to knowingly and with malice prevent a child, whether by botched abortion or not, from life saving medical treatment. The very idea that it is okay to end the life of an American citizen, by virtue of the 14th amendment which states that any person “born” in the united states is granted equal protection under the law, and then to hide and dispose of the evidence is downright hypocritical, irresponsible, unethical and illegal. There should not be any question as to whether or not criminal charges be filed against this clinic and those involved. Considering the fact that tax payers who are vehemently against the destruction of life grown in the womb (whether you accept that life begins at conception or not you cannot deny that life grows within a woman’s womb) are not being afforded their right to not participate in such a demoralizing industry, I would hope that you would consider their voices and their rights as private citizens, as well. The sad truth is that abortion is not a personal decision that affects only one person, it is a decision that has lasting and chainlike effects on many people and society at large. Whether or not you agree with that assertion, this specific case is reflective of that truth. As a representative of your State and as someone hired to defend the rights of its people, I implore you to do what it right and just and not perpetuate this tragedy any longer. The mere fact that Baby Shanice was given a name should remind you of the humanity required in seeing this case clearly.

    Christina Durante