The Metrowest Daily News reported
Tuesday that a twenty one year old Marlborough man was arrested Sunday
and charged with beating a pregnant woman. The man was charged with
assault and battery on a pregnant person, intimidating a witness and
threatening to commit a crime. At 1:15 a.m. the victim called police
to report the assault. Officers were able to hear the defendant yell
to the woman that he was going to kill her. They then heard a smacking
sound followed by the woman crying and asking the defendant to get
off of her. The woman, who is almost two months pregnant, had bite
marks on her arm, hand, cheek and neck, as well as a cut lip. She told
police that the defendant held her down and hit and bit her. When she
tried to call police, he threw the phone across the room. The
defendant was arrested, charged and arraigned in Marlborough District
Court yesterday. Full Article Metrowest Daily News October 21, 2008.
The crime of assault and battery on a pregnant person is defined by General Laws Chapter 265 Section 13A.
The portion of the statute pertaining to this crime reads “[w]hoever
commits an assault or an assault and battery upon another who is
pregnant at the time of such assault and battery, knowing or having
reason to know that the person is pregnant shall be punished by
imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years or in the
house of correction for not more than 21/2 years, or by a fine of not
more than $5,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment”.
If you have been charged with a crime involving violence you should immediately contact an experienced Massachusetts Violent Crimes Defense Lawyers.
Crimes like this can often be resolved without a person having a
criminal conviction. We have been defending people charged with crimes
such as this for over 20 years. Every lawyer in our office has in
excess of 20 years experience. Before you do anything you should contact a lawyer.