A woman in Florida is grateful her newborn baby is alive and healthy after a violent incident with a police officer put her in the delivery room 10 days early.
Evoni Murray was allegedly being kicked in the stomach by an off-duty cop in Florida when she was eight-months pregnant.
The altercation occurred when Murray and her boyfriend, Joseph Predelus, were walking along a highway in South Beach. At some point, they encountered former officer Ambar Pacheco, 26, and her sister, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald.
While the details of the incident remain unclear, Pacheco told responding officers Predelus kicked her sister in the face, prompting her to violently react, according to the affidavit.
“I saw red and beat the s—t out of [Murray],” Pacheco told an arresting officer.
Murray does not clearly remember what happened and said she’s still awaiting some answers from the police about why she was attacked.
“That’s why I’m trying to wait for the Miami Beach Police Department to figure it out for me,” she told WSVN. “I wish I was a mind reader, but I’m not.”
Murray was transported to a hospital after the incident and gave birth to her son, Joseph, who weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces.
“The pain was really – it was shock,” Murray told WSVN. “I really didn’t have no understanding of anything. I just wanted to make sure my baby was safe.”
Although she was the one injured by the officer, Murray said her main concern was her unborn son.
“I’m grateful ‘cause he’s a blessing,” Murray told WSVN. “I’m grateful because he’s OK.”
Pacheco had been employed by the North Miami Beach department for less than a year and was on probationary status at the time of the incident. Police officials announced Friday that she was “terminated immediately” after being arrested and charged with aggravated battery in connection to the attack.