A Lufkin man is still in jail, accused of murdering his unborn children.
Lufkin police say 18-year-old Gerardo Flores beat his girlfriend, who was five months pregnant at the time. The 16-year-old girl delivered stillborn twin fetuses at home.
Flores is in the Angelina County Jail charged with murder. The judge set his bond at $250,000.
Before September 1, 2003, killing an unborn child was not legally a criminal offense. An act that was passed after the murder of Laci Peterson and her unborn child changed that.
Previous to last September 1st, an individual was a person who was born and is alive," Lufkin Police Officer, Lt. Denman, says. "And what the state legislature did was went back in and redefined an individual, as a person at the time of conception."
Murderers may not be the only criminals who face murder charges, under the new law.
"This might apply in the case of, perhaps, a drunk driver," Denman says. "In the car in which a pregnant woman was riding or driving, and through the cause of a wreck, caused the death of that unborn child. Maybe not of the mother, but of the unborn child."
The act does not require proof that a person knew or should have known that the victim of their crime was pregnant; or intended to cause death or injury to the unborn child.