by Steven Ertelt
August 18, 2009
Southbridge, MA (LifeNews.com) -- A Massachusetts man has been arrested and is in policy custody following an alleged multiple stabbing which saw him attack his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to have an abortion. Police say they have 18-year-old Alex Santana in custody and he is being held on $500,000 bail.
Officials say Santana repeatedly stabbed Leah Diver on Friday afternoon after the two had an argument about her pregnancy.
Santana was ordered on bail after entering a not guilty plea through his attorney in Dudley District Court. He faces charges of armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
He is slated to return to court for an initial hearing on September 28.
Diver is 28 years-old and is currently in critical condition at a Worcester hospital. Police say her baby survived the attack.
Cases like this one of partners attacking their wives or girlfriends after an abortion refusal are somewhat common.
In the most recent case Charles Daniels Jr., a 34-year-old man from Florida, stands accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend when she refused his abortion request.