Video Circulates of Texas Deputy Hitting Pregnant Woman

According to the AP, Hunt County deputies arrested Deanna Robinson, 38, on March 4 at a Texas home following a child abuse investigation. Soon after, video of the incident began circulating online.

The video shows Robinson pushed stomach-first against a counter or table, two deputies attempt to subdue her, one deputy raises his arm and strikes her. You can hear Robinson yelling “I’m pregnant,” and a child crying in the background. At the time of the incident, Robinson was 38 weeks pregnant.

Via the AP:

Hunt County sheriff Randy Meeks acknowledged at a news conference that he was not certain Deanna Robinson reached for the weapon. But he said the unidentified deputy told investigators that she loosened his ammunition belt in the struggle.

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Meeks said one “narrative” from the approximately 30-second video is that his deputy struck a pregnant woman. But another narrative, he said, is that Robinson was reaching for his weapon.

“Which narrative is correct?” he asked. “I don’t know. I wasn’t there.”

Robinson was charged with assault of a public servant, resisting arrest, and interfering with a child custody. She spent a week in jail and later gave birth to a healthy boy. Robinson maintains that there was no child abuse in the home, but that she and her husband got into a shoving match while she was holding the couple’s 18-month-old child.

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The Texas Rangers are investigating the case.

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