Pregnant woman's attacker may have wanted baby, police say
Investigators in Prince George's County are exploring whether the Suitland woman who slashed a pregnant woman Sunday morning might have done so in an attempt to take the baby, authorities confirmed Monday.
Veronica D. Deramous, 40, was arrested Sunday night in Arlington, Va., in connection with an attack on a pregnant woman in an apartment in the 3500 block of Silver Park Drive in Suitland, authorities said.
Capt. Misty Mints, a Prince George's County police spokesman, said Monday that the incident might have been motivated by Deramous's desire to have the baby for herself, but she cautioned that investigators "still don’t know" anything definitively.
Deramous, who lived in the apartment where the attack occurred and was an acquaintance of the pregnant woman, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, false imprisonment and other related counts, police said. Deramous held the pregnant woman against her will in the apartment before the attack, Mints said.
Police were alerted to the incident just before 9 a.m. Sunday when a man called 911 to report another man with a knife was chasing a pregnant woman around the parking lot of the apartment complex in the 3500 block of Silver Park Drive. When officers arrived, the woman had been cut and was bleeding and the assailant had fled, authorities said.
It is not clear what happened to the man or if he will be charged in the case. Mints said investigators were still exploring whether he was a suspect or simply a witness.
The pregnant woman, who was in the third trimester, was hospitalized Sunday and her baby girl was delivered, Mints said. Both are expected to make a full recovery.
The child’s name is “Miracle,” Mints said.
December 7, 2009; 12:50 PM ET
Categories: Matt Zapotosky , Pr. George's , Updates | Tags: Miracle, attempted murder, pregnant woman
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