Man Charged Who Assaulted Pregnant Girlfriend With Baseball Bat

State   |   Sarah Terzo   |   Jan 31, 2013   |   12:58PM   |   Sacramento, CA

A 27-year-old man in Sacramento, California has been charged with attempted homicide for hitting his seven month pregnant former partner in the stomach. John Collins and the woman, whose name has not been released, had arranged to meet and discuss the custody of the couple’s child.

During the conversation, Collins became enraged. Arming himself with a baseball bat, he began to threaten the woman, chasing her to her car.  Collins smashed out the windows of the car with his baseball bat as the woman sought refuge inside it.  In the car were other people who witnessed the attack, including several small children. The woman escaped to a nearby parking lot, but Collins followed, continuing the assault.

In the parking lot, Collins swung the baseball bat into the woman’s abdomen.  She was taken to a nearby hospital and treated. She did not miscarry, and is expected to recover from her injury.

There have been many cases of domestic violence when a woman has been attacked while pregnant.

In 2010 Police officer Matthew Cherry was arrested for assaulting his pregnant ex-girlfriend in an attempt to make her miscarry, repeatedly kicking and punching her in the abdomen and stomach. In this case, the baby survived as well. In other cases, the woman and child have not been as lucky.

Collins is being charged with domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, making death threats, and attempted murder. In California, the homicide statute states:



“Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus, with malice afterthought.” California Penal Code 187 (A)

Ironically, the woman in this case could legally obtain an abortion. According to Randy Alcorn, pro-life author and researcher, roughly 3900 late-term abortions take place in California annually.(1)

  1. Randy Alcorn “Pro-life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments” (Sisters, Oregon: Multnomah Publishers, 2000)191 Note: Sarah Terzo is a pro-life liberal who runs, a web site devoted to exposing the abortion industry. She is a member of the pro-life groups PLAGAL and Secular Pro-Life.