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Maria Lauterbach’s And Her Unborn Baby’s Deaths Bring About Positive Change


Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach was eight and a half months pregnant when she disappeared.  In May 2007 she accused Cesar Laurean of rape, but in November she stated that her pregnancy was not the result of a sexual assault.

December 19, Maria goes missing and by early January Laurean goes on the run.  He left a note for his wife, Christina that said Maria committed suicide by slitting her own throat with a knife, and he panicked and buried her in the woods near their home.

Firepit where Maria and her unborn baby's bodies were hidden

Lauterbach’s charred remains, along with the remains of her unborn child, were found buried in a fire pit in Laurean’s backyard.

Autopsy results showed Maria died of traumatic head injury due to blunt force trauma most likely inflicted with a crowbar.  The report also shows there was a superficial four-inch wound to the left side of Maria’s neck and it is believed Laurean made the cut after her death to corroborate his story.

Laurean was convicted to LWOP in August 2010.

The contribution that Maria and her child have made to North Carolina rests in the fact the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act” went into effect on December 1, 2011.

Causing the death of an unborn child in the North Carolina is now considered murder!

The non-medical death of an unborn child is a homicide. Anyone who assaults a pregnant woman and harms her unborn child can be charged with murder, manslaughter, assault inflicting serious bodily injury or battery, depending on the severity of the injury. There are exceptions in the law for medical procedures including abortions.

North Carolina is the 37th state to pass laws protecting the unborn and allowing prosecution for their deaths.

Now, what about the other states who continue to ignore the rights of the unborn?  What are they doing to protect our most vulnerable and fragile?  Check your state laws.  If it isn’t on the books, I implore you to contact your legislators immediately!

JD News

  1. ritanita
    12/15/2011 at 2:25 pm

    Maria’s baby was almost ready to be born. I’m glad that North Carolina has changed their law. There is justice in doing that, although not in time for Cesar Laurean.

  2. donchais
    12/15/2011 at 2:35 pm

    At least North Carolina woke up, be it late.

    Now, the rest of the states need to put their collective butts in gear and do what is right!

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