Man Assaults Pregnant Girlfriend After She Refuses His Demand to Get Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
September 12, 2008
Pittsfield, MA (LifeNews.com) — A Massachusetts man will likely be headed to prison after police apprehended him following a violent assault on his girlfriend. Joshua W. Figler, 24, is accused of slamming his 20-year-old girlfriend’s head into a refrigerator after she refused his demand to get an abortion.
Figler was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court yesterday and is charged with assault and battery and aggravated assault and battery.
He was released on his own personal recognizance afterwards but faces seven and a half years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Police arrested Figler on Wednesday after he attacked the unidentified woman, who attends Williams College. The woman was treated at Berkshire Medical Center for bumps and bruises and later released.
According to the Berkshire Eagle newspaper, Pittsfield police officer Cheryl Belknap indicated Figler learned about the woman’s pregnancy on Saturday and did not want her to keep the baby.
"(She) wants to keep the baby and refuses to get an abortion," said Belknap.
The officer indicated Figler became "more frustrated and aggressive" after learning about the pregnancy.
She told the newspaper Figler pushed the woman off their bed on Monday night, and then Figler grabbed the woman by the hair and slammed her head into the appliance twice on Wednesday morning.
The newspaper indicated the woman went to a neighbor’s apartment to collect herself and then asked Figler to drive her to the hospital out of concern for her baby. He reused.
A court hearing in the case is slated for October 10.
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