A North Miami Beach police officer has been fired and arrested for aggravated battery after kicking an eight-month pregnant woman in the stomach so viciously that it caused contractions to begin.
According to an arrest affidavit, officer Ambar Pacheco was charged with aggravated battery after she attacked the woman in South Beach on Wednesday night, reported ABC News.
“Due to Ms. Ambar Pacheco’s recent off-duty actions, her employment with the City of North Miami Beach has been terminated effective immediately,” Chief William Hernandez said in a statement released Friday.
The incident occurred during a confrontation on the corner of Española Way and Washington Avenue around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday evening. What started the altercation was unclear, but Pacheco and her 21-year-old sister Mikaela Pacheco fought with Liberty City couple Evoni Murray, 27, and Joseph Predelus, 40.
Ambar Pacheco told cops Predelus kicked her sister Mikaela in the face so she attacked the visibly pregnant woman, telling the arresting officer, “I saw red and beat the —- out of (Murray).”
Pacheco later told police she “doesn’t know who,” but she kicked “somebody.”
In an interview with WFOR, Murray said her boyfriend did not kick the officer’s sister.
“Why would he kick a female for if she wasn’t doing anything?” Murray said. “He was just trying to restrain the young ladies from doing anything to me or his child.”
Murray suggested Pacheco and her sister, who she described as “belligerent” and “loud”, thought the couple were “talking about them.”
“They basically tried to jump me because they thought I said something,” Murray said.
According to the arresting officer, Murray “appeared to be in severe pain and possibly having contractions,” so she was taken to the hospital.
According to Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez, “The victim was transported to Mount Sinai hospital, at last check, she delivered a healthy baby.”
Officer Pacheco had been with the department for less than a year when she was relieved of duty.