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Fort Wainwright man faces charge of attempted murder of an unborn child

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Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 7:11 pm | Updated: 1:04 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS — A Fort Wainwright man is being held without bail after he allegedly pushed and squeezed his wife’s abdomen in a failed attempt to make her miscarry.

Orane A. Green, 21, has been charged with attempted murder of an unborn child and first-degree attempted assault, both felonies.

Attempted murder of an unborn child carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Fort Wainwright police were called to the couple’s home on post just before 10 p.m. Tuesday for a report of domestic violence. Green’s wife, a soldier stationed at Fort Wainwright, told police they were discussing their marriage and her pregnancy when he punched her in the abdomen and threw her to the floor, according to charging documents.

He proceeded to press, squeeze and twist the woman’s abdomen in an attempt to end her pregnancy, court documents allege.

Green is not enlisted in the Army, U.S. Army Alaska spokesman Maj. Bill Coppernoll said.

Green reportedly told police the incident occurred because his wife would not “work with him” about her pregnancy. Coppernoll was unable to provide more information about what Green meant by that statement.

Federal laws also prevented Coppernoll from releasing additional information about the condition of Green’s wife, he said.

Green has no criminal record in Alaska.

Fort Wainwright police initially forwarded a charge of second-degree felony assault to prosecutors, though the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office decided to introduce more serious charges ahead Green’s arraignment Wednesday.

District Attorney Mike Gray said in an e-mail it was inappropriate to discuss the specifics of the decision, but that “the facts and circumstances of the event predicate the charge.”

Contact staff writer Chris Freiberg at 459-7545.

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