A West Virginia man was arrested for allegedly hitting and kicking his pregnant ex-girlfriend, forcing doctors to deliver her baby early.
Jamie Eubanks, 28, was charged with felony malicious wounding, felony burglary and misdemeanor battery.
Eubanks admitted to WOWK-TV that he had a fight with his ex-girlfriend, Robin Ward, who was 38 weeks pregnant, at her Huntington home on May 30.
Arraigned Thursday evening, he told reporters outside the courthouse: “She was due the next day anyway.”
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According to the criminal complaint, Ward claims Eubanks hid in an upstairs bedroom of her home and when she came in he allegedly pushed her to the floor and kicked her in the stomach. Doctors performed an emergency c-section on Ward. Eubanks allegedly fled the scene on one of his other children's bicycles.
Eubanks, who has five children with the victim, says Ward was angry because he was having a child with another woman. He says that’s why she pressed charges.
"They get jealous, and then they try to do something else to get back at you," he told reporters outside the magistrate's office. "She fell down, and started crying, and I left."
"The baby's fine. Thank god," Ward’s mother Marion Ward told WOWK-TV.
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She says she’s happy her daughter left Eubanks and that she is pursuing the charges. She says too many women defend abusive partners.
"They'll say 'Oh, he just needs help,' or 'It'll be okay,' but it just got worse and worse. This time, I think she's finally had it," Marion Ward said. "He also made threats that he was going to come and do more damage, shoot up the house and all of that. We had no idea how serious he was."
Image credit: Frank de Kleine, WOWK-TV