Evoni Murray, a pregnant mother, and her boyfriend were walking along Miami Beach when they had an unsettling interaction with an off-duty police officer.
Investigators are still working to determine exactly what prompted the couple and off-duty officer to confront one another, but it is apparent that a violent confrontation ensued after a heated verbal exchange. Ambar Pancheco, the off-duty officer, allegedly kicked Murray violently in the stomach. The expectant mother immediately called an ambulance and was rushed to the hospital.
Doctors believe the kick to the stomach prompted Murray to go into early labor. Once she arrived at the hospital, her baby was born within about seven minutes. Thankfully, the baby was healthy and did not show signs of distress from the incident. Pancheco was taken into police custody and charged with aggravated battery.
Two days later, media reports began spreading the news about the incident. The North Miami Police Department decided to fire Pancheco for her unconscionable actions while off-duty, but the off-duty officer argues she was acting in self-defense. According to Pancheco, the victim’s boyfriend allegedly kicked her sister before the officer retaliated and kicked the expectant mother. Murray, on the other hand, vehemently denies the accusations against her boyfriend. She alleged that the off-duty officer and her sister both appeared drunk before the incident occurred.
If convicted of assaulting a pregnant woman, then the off-duty officer may be facing both a $10,000 fine and 15 years in prison on top of losing her job.