DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A pregnant woman – beaten so severely it killed her unborn child – testified against her accused attacker Tuesday in court.
The 26-year-old victim was the first to take the stand in the trial of 25-year-old Tanner Hopkins.
“Tanner was mad because he had wanted me to get an abortion,” said the victim.
She was seven months pregnant when she lost her baby girl after a brutal beating.
“Her name was going to be London Marie Hopkins,” the victim told the court.
She said Hopkins – believed to be the baby’s father – first beat her in December 2014 on her way to the bus stop. Both she and the baby survived that assault.
But just one month later in January 2015, she was attacked again. This time, she said she was beaten inside Hopkins’ Edison Avenue home.
“Tanner starts to kick me and punch me, and I’m telling Tanner to stop because I can’t breathe,” the victim described.
She escaped, but collapsed in the snowy street. After spending 15 minutes on the ground in the cold, a passerby found her and came to her rescue.
The Good Samaritan stayed until medics arrived. The victim was rushed to the hospital, but it was too late for the baby.
“Everybody was standing around me and I asked them, where was my daughter at?” said the victim describing when she woke up in the hospital.
The victim said as a result of the attack she has a lot of internal damage to her body and had to have her gall bladder removed. Testimony is expected to continue this week.