Lt. Alex Arendt of the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit said the 16-year-old boy, who is on the Mishawaka High School football team, was arrested Sunday in the killing of his schoolmate, Breana Rouhselang.
Police began investigating Trejo when Rouhselang's mother told them her daughter had gone to see the 16-year-old, who was allegedly the father of her baby, shortly before her disappearance, according to a probable cause affidavit. Police did not say how she was killed.
Officers found more blood and soon found Rouhselang's body in a nearby dumpster in back of a restaurant near the house, with a plastic trash bag over her head and upper body.
During a search of the alley behind Rouhselang's home police discovered some of her belongings, including glasses and a blood-stained hat. Breana was six months pregnant.
Trejo, who initially denied involvement in Rouhselang's disappearance, later confessed to killing the girl because she had not told him about the pregnancy until it was too late to abort the baby, a South Bend police detective said in court documents. His arraignment was scheduled for 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
IndyStar and USA TODAY High School Sports is naming Trejo because he is being tried as an adult. He originally lied and said that Breana never showed up to their planned meet up, but then came clean.
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Rouhselang was reported missing by her parents Sunday morning around 4:30 a.m., according to the court document.
"At the end of this interview, the decision for a preliminary charge of murder was made and he was ultimately transported to the St. Joseph County Jail", said Aredt. Aaron then explained that Breana waited too long to tell Aaron about the pregnancy to get an abortion.
When asked what he did about that, Trejo replied: "I took action.I took her life", the court filing states.
Though the full extent of their relationship is unknown, Breana's stepmom told South Bend, Ind., news station WNDU-TV that Breana was six months pregnant. I just don't understand it.
A GoFundMe campaign was launched to help Rouhselang's family pay for Breana's funeral costs. Our focus is now to offer all of the support possible to our staff and students.
She was a cheerleader and softball player at Mishawaka High School where the suspect also attended.
"We're just focusing on healing the kids", said Meg Sauer, chief communications officer for the northern IN school district.