No charges for woman who allegedly punched pregnant daughter in abdomen for refusing abortion

Police say the woman repeatedly hit her teenage daughter, saying she would kill her and her unborn baby.
By Ben Johnson

By Ben Johnson

ALLENTOWN, PA, October 24, 2013 ( – A woman police say repeatedly punched her pregnant teenage daughter in the abdomen for refusing to have an abortion will face no charges, her lawyer reports.

Instead, Judge Michael Faulkner let 37-year-old Magdalena Mateia-Bitlan go after she completed family counseling.

Her daughter, Alexandra Otili Achim, told police that after her mother learned the girl had become pregnant, she kicked her out of their home in Lower Macungie Township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Two-and-a-half weeks later, Mateia-Bitlan asked her daughter to come home.

Achim said that at noon on June 9, her mother confronted her about whether she had obtained an abortion. But after she told her mother she planned to keep her child, she said her mother turned physical.

“The daughter went upstairs and started packing and her mother followed her into her room, shoving her in the belly and then punching her in the belly,” according to the police report. “The daughter got on her bed and her mother continued punching and scratching her in the back.”

“During the attack, Mateia-Bitlan told her daughter she wants her dead and that she was going to kill her and her baby,” police said.

As the girl grabbed her things and fled the home, her mother allegedly “continued following her and throwing things at her.”

Achim, whom local media describe as “school-age,” reported the incident to Pennsylvania State Police that evening.

Officers charged Mateia-Bitlan with making terroristic threats, simple assault, and harassment.

But she will face no criminal charges, because a judge said on Tuesday that therapy did the trick.

“The family is back intact, and the parents are more understanding and accepting. Everything is great,” the mother's attorney, Angelo T. Almonti, told the Allentown Morning Call newspaper. “The system worked.”

“Prosecuting would have been overkill,” he added.

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Judge Faulkner was elected magisterial District Judge in November 2011, running unopposed. His term expires in 2018

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