Preface: I was not sure where to place this unfortunate news story as there was no firearm involved. It does though feature citizens who tried to fight back, one successfully, and further exemplifies the fact of 'anytime anywhere'.
Mods I apologize if this is not the right area within the forum.
As reported by WFAA (TX):
Unborn child lost in 3 attacks on pregnant women
01:12 AM CDT on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
By SHELLY SLATER / WFAA-TV
DALLAS - A North Texas woman lost her unborn child Monday after she was one of three pregnant victims in separate attacks across Dallas.
Just one month before her due date, Andrea Boyd said a random group of girls attacked her while sitting on her porch outside her home.
"I just remember pushing her from over me and grabbing my stomach," she said.
Boyd said the girls are no strangers to the area, and have been frequently seen driving around.
"[They're] hanging out the car, playing music loud and nothing's being done about it," she said.
One of the girls, Boyd said, ran up to her as she was on the porch and punched her in the face.
"I slipped and fell," she said. "When that happened, all the girls came and they were kicking and swinging."
Boyd said she tried to fight back against the girls.
"So, I'm having to fight two or three girls at one time," she said.
Boyd's mother said the attackers hit her hard.
"I was very nervous and upset about it," she said. "She could have lost her baby. She could have lost her life."
While the attack didn't harm her baby, another woman attacked Monday along Chapel Creek Drive did lose her baby after she too was a victim of violence.
Elizabeth Sandejas was still at Parkland Memorial Hospital Tuesday after she delivered her baby boy only to lose him.
Boyd said the news of Sandejas' loss made her realize how fortunate she was to walk away.
"There's so much of this going on," she said. "I'm lucky, very lucky to have gotten out without my baby being injured."
The third attack occurred along the 1400 block of Marsh Lane in Dallas. Authorities said the expecting mother will also be okay.
As for Sandejas' baby, he is at the medical examiners office. If he died of natural causes, charges won't be filed. If he died of trauma, detectives said they will be looking for a homicide suspect.
The story with video can be found at; http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dw....3f72fe97.html
Lesson Reaffirmed: Anytime, anywhere, to anyone including even pregnant women sitting on their porch by anyone including girls from the street.