A mother is grateful for her healthy baby boy after an altercation with an off-duty police officer sent her into early labor.
Evoni Murray was walking through Miami Beach with her boyfriend, Joseph Predelus Jr., on Wednesday, July 25, when they encountered North Miami Beach police officer Ambar Pacheco and her sister, Mikaela.
According to CBS4, tensions escalated when the women assumed the couple was making fun of them.
“We were walking down the sidewalk enjoying the night, and we saw them,” Murray said of the incident. “These girls were crying. Then they thought we were talking about them which was not true. They got belligerent and tried to jump [us] because they thought I said something. If it weren’t for Joseph, it could have been a lot more serious.”
Pacheco later accused Predelus of kicking her sister in the face and claims that provoked her to attack Murray, who was eight months pregnant.
"I saw red and beat the s**t out of her,” Pacheco told a responding officer.
Pacheco claimed she didn’t know who she kicked.
Miami Beach Fire Rescue took Murray to a local hospital after complaining about stomach pain. She gave birth to her son, Joseph III, shortly after her arrival. Baby Joseph wasn’t due to arrive until August 4. He weighed six pounds and four ounces, according to his relieved mother.
“I’m grateful ’cause he’s a blessing,” Murray told WSVN. “I’m grateful because he’s OK.”
Predelus also expressed relief and gratitude toward the people who reached out to her. According to Murray, the couple has received calls from people in India.
Pacheco was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and a second-degree felony following the scuffle. She was placed on paid leave during the investigation and fired on Friday, according to a statement from Police Chief William Hernandez. She was with the force less than a year and still on probationary status when the incident occurred.
“Due to Ms. Ambar Pacheco’s recent off-duty actions, her employment with the City of North Miami Beach has been terminated effective immediately,” Hernandez said.
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