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.
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.
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.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the case.
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