On April 4, a horrific video appeared on the Internet showing a Hunt County sheriff's deputy brutally assaulting a woman in front of her crying children. The woman is screaming in pain, telling the officers that she is pregnant.
The assault started when Child Protective Services was accompanied by the two deputies to perform a home interview with the family.
When presented with the court order by the deputies, the unidentified woman asked to see the paperwork again before allowing the officers into her home. The officers then forced their way into the home and pinned her against her kitchen counter.
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The woman was screaming in agony as her stomach was being pressed against the kitchen counter. The woman was nine months pregnant. Her children were crying as they were looking at the act of violence that was being committed against their own mother.
Reportedly, the woman was then taken to jail and charged with assaulting a police officer. To make matters worse, the woman's son was reportedly taken and placed into foster care, even though family members were willing to take him in.
"While in jail she repeatedly asked to have her injuries examined and documented and was fearful for her unborn child. The jail nurse said she didn't want to get involved fearing for her own job. No prenatal care was offered either. She was segregated because she was pregnant in an isolation cell where she slept on bare concrete and blankets and the lights were left on 24 hours a day. She was awakened every 15 minutes not because she made any threats of self harm but because that was the procedure in the isolation cells," a woman's friend said.
The woman was released six days later. She went to have pictures of her injuries taken and documented. The bruises were still visible eight days later. According to the woman, she had visited a doctor the day before the incident, so she could prove that the bruising was not present before the attack.
Eventually, the woman delivered a baby boy. However, the police placed her newborn in relative's custody where her visitation time is "severely limited."