By Dave Andrusko
Mia Jones, seven months pregnant and already the mother of three children, was beaten so badly in 2014 she lost her unborn baby and was left with two fractured eyes, needing two blood transfusions and stitches for the wound to her eye.
The alleged assailant is Torey Branch who has gone on trial charged with burglary, abortion, and criminal trespass, according to the New York Daily News. Branch, 34 faces up to 25 years in prison, if convicted.
Jones testified that Branch wanted her to have an abortion but she refused.
Ms. Jones broke down on the witness stand last week when she testified about the brutal attack which took place March 28, 2014.
Reporter Christina Carrega-Wood explained
Mia Jones, 35, was seven-months pregnant when she was allegedly grabbed from behind by Torey Branch and another man as she entered her building in March of 2014. Branch repeatedly punched and kicked Jones in her face and stomach causing her to miscarry, she said.
Jones had an emergency C-section and named the baby Kennedy.
“I just wanted to hold her I wanted her to breathe and wake up, she was lifeless so was so innocent and beautiful. I loved her with all my life,” Jones testified in Branch’s Brooklyn Supreme Court criminal trial. The beating took a horrible physical toll on Jones as well. Both of her eyes were fractured, and she needed two blood transfusions and stitches for the wound to her eye.
Avoiding look at the photographs of her injures and Branch, the Brooklyn woman told jurors, “My face was really big and heavy … I was in the most pain of my entire life.”
The Daily Mail’s Alexandra Klausner reported yesterday that before the attack, Branch had googled whether beating a woman could cause a miscarriage.
“Can being hit in the stomach cause a miscarriage?” he supposedly typed in his web browser two weeks before Jones was pummeled so badly that she had to have an emergency cesarean to remove the dead child’s remains.
Police say Jones was on her way home from a doctor’s appointment when Branch and another masked man (as yet unidentified) beat her.
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