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Bond for Miramar mother increased in daughter’s abortion case
A Miramar woman is accused of forcing her 16-year-old daughter to have an abortion and then throwing the fetus out with the trash.
BY DAVID SMILEY
Tonuya Scheniell Rainey apparently had no qualms about ending her daughter’s pregnancy.
After forcing the 16-year-old girl to take pills obtained from a receptionist at a Miami-area clinic, the 38-year-old Miramar woman went out to Cafe Iguana for the night.
When she came home around 3 the next morning, her daughter aborted the fetus into a toilet. Rainey then placed the fetus in a bag and set it out with her garbage for curbside pickup, according to her statements contained in Broward court documents filed by police.
But on Friday, Rainey, clad in an inmate’s uniform, cried and held her face in her hands as Judge John Hurley called her actions ``tantamount to murder.’’
’‘I think a child’s life was terminated,’’ he said, as he raised Rainey’s bond from $14,000 to $185,000.
Rainey was arrested by Miramar police Thursday after investigators say she confessed to giving her daughter pills to cause her to abort her baby and then disposing of the fetus. She has been charged with termination of a pregnancy, practicing healthcare without a license, child abuse and improper disposal of human remains.
The Department of Children & Families, which has received calls about the family before, is now investigating, according to spokeswoman Leslie Mann.
The agency has placed the 16-year-old daughter, whom The Miami Herald is not identifying, in foster care, she said.
Miramar police have yet to close their case and say the state’s Department of Health is also looking into the incident.
Attempts to reach Rainey’s family at their home Friday were unsuccessful.
According to police, Rainey had her daughter take medication on March 5. Exactly what happened and how it happened, however, are unclear because of conflicting accounts given by the mother and daughter.
Rainey told investigators that she took her daughter to a Miami area clinic called Liberty Health that day and returned home after receiving two pills from a receptionist.
Court documents state that she inserted the pills inter-vaginally about four hours apart.
Rainey, who according to court documents worked as a surgical technician at Broward General Medical Center as late as 2006, said she threw the fetus out with the trash after the abortion.
‘‘Rainey advised that the infant was not alive at anytime after the birth,’’ court documents state. A friend, who assisted in the abortion and has not been charged, said the fetus was not breathing.
But Rainey’s daughter told investigators a different story about how and when she took the pills and said she saw the male fetus breathing.
She told detectives that she believed she was 24 weeks pregnant, but police spokeswoman Detective Yessenia Diaz said investigators found she was not that far along.
Judge Hurley, however, said on Friday that Rainey should have been charged with murder and called the case one of the worst he has ever seen.
‘‘I’ve handled everything, and this is it,’’ he said. ``This is the pinnacle. I’ve never been so disturbed.’’
Rainey’s attorneys from the Public Defender’s Office objected and told Hurley he should recuse himself from the proceedings.
Afterward, Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said it appeared as if Hurley let his emotions get the better of him and added that his office would file an appeal of Rainey’s bond amount.
Miami Herald staff writer Diana Moskovitz and news partner WFOR-CBS4 contributed to this report.