NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A North Miami Beach Police officer has been fired, two days after she was arrested for allegedly kicking a pregnant woman in the stomach.
“Due to Ms. Ambar Pacheco’s recent off-duty actions, her employment with the City of North Miami Beach has been terminated effective immediately,” Police Chief William Hernandez said in a statement.
According to Miami Beach Police, North Miami Beach officer Ambar Pacheco was off duty when she was arrested in Miami Beach, Wednesday night.
Police said Pacheco was off duty and allegedly drunk when she got into an argument with the victim’s boyfriend, Joseph Predelus, along Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. That led to Pacheco attacking and kicking the victim, Evoni Murray, in the stomach.
“It was stressful, but luckily we got her to Mount Sinai [Medical Center] just in the nick of time,” said Predelus.
The expecting mother was eight months pregnant and had a due date of Aug. 4. Police said the victim went into premature labor following the beating.
Predulus welcomed his child alongside his girlfriend Evoni and described the birth.
“It was stressful because I had to go through it,” said Predelus. “Luckily, we had got her to Mount Sinai just in time because it only took seven minutes for the labor.”
Despite the brutal attack, Evoni and baby Joe are healthy.
Although this wasn’t the way he wanted to welcome his son into the world, Predelus said she’s just thankful mother and child are OK.
“When he was born, it put a smile on my face,” he said. “All my concern is that he was happy.”
Evoni and her son have since been released from the hospital, and the family is back home at their Liberty City residence.
Pacheco is now facing aggravated battery charges.
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