Police arrested a 32-year-old Morristown NJ man after he allegedly assaulted a pregnant woman.
According to authorities, the suspect violently kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach and then punched her in the head several times while sitting on her chest.
The victim reportedly suffered a number of injuries as a result of the attack, including bruises on her shoulder and back, as well as a cut on her lower lip.
The assistant prosecutor with the Morris County’s Prosecutor’s Office revealed that the suspect had allegedly attacked the woman on a previous occasion. According to the prosecutor, the woman suffered a punctured eardrum in the earlier incident.
The suspect was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He will also have to appear at a restraining order hearing because the incident has been characterized as an act of domestic violence.
If the suspect is convicted of aggravated assault, he could be in store for severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), an assault that results in serious bodily injury may be classified as a second degree felony. This means that the suspect could potentially be sentenced to 5–10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
At a bail hearing in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, a judge set the suspect’s bail at $75,000. Until he posts the full amount, the suspect will remain in jail pending trial.
For additional information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Morristown Man Accused of Aggravated Assault on Pregnant Woman.”