Indiana teen arrested in death of pregnant schoolmate


    This undated photo provided by the St. Joseph County Jail in South Bend, Ind., shows Aaron Trejo. Trejo, an Indiana high school football player told investigators that he killed a 17-year-old schoolmate because he was angry that she waited so long to tell him she was pregnant with his child, that it was too late to get an abortion, authorities said Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. Trejo, 16, was charged as an adult with murder in the Sunday killing of Breana Rouhselang and the fetus. He was arrested Sunday, and scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. (St. Joseph County Jail via AP)

    A 16-year-old northern Indiana boy has been arrested in the killing of a 17-year-old pregnant schoolmate whose body was found in a restaurant dumpster, authorities said.

    Lt. Alex Arendt of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit said the teen, who is on the Mishawaka High School football team, was arrested Sunday. The St. Joseph County prosecutor's office said he's being held on a preliminary murder charge and that formal charges were expected Monday.

    Breana Rouhselang was last seen at her home at around midnight Saturday. Her family called police about 4:30 a.m. Sunday after they "got the feeling that something wasn't right," Arendt said. He said she knew the boy from the football team, but the extent of the relationship was under investigation.

    Breana had been a softball coach, a cheerleader and football team manager at the school, the girl's stepmother, Nicole Rouhselang, told reporters Sunday. She said her stepdaughter had been about six months pregnant.

    "I've known her since she was 6," she said. "I just don't understand it."

    Police haven't released details about a possible motive. An autopsy was planned to determine cause of death.

    The school district in Mishawaka, which is next to South Bend and about 80 miles (130 kilometers) east of Chicago, issued a statement Sunday saying administrators were working with authorities in investigating the "terrible tragedy" and that grief counselors would be available at Mishawaka High School on Monday.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members and friends who have been affected by this great loss," the statement said.

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