GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman who says a sheriff’s deputy punched her in the back while she was pregnant denies resisting arrest and wants him charged with assault.
Deanna Robinson was 38 weeks pregnant when she was arrested March 4 at her parents’ home in Quinlan during a child abuse investigation.
Home surveillance video appears to show Robinson pressed stomach-first against a counter, then a deputy raising his arm and striking her. Robinson, 38, is heard on tape screaming: “I’m pregnant!”
The video was later posted online.
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks planned a Wednesday news conference about the incident.
“I have initiated an administrative investigation to determine if any policy violations occurred,” Meeks said in a statement Monday. “Public confidence and trust in the sheriff’s office is a high priority for me and we take all allegations of misconduct seriously.”
Robinson, an Air Force veteran, was arrested on charges of assault on a public servant, resisting arrest and interfering with child custody. She spent nearly a week in jail.
Her son, born healthy on March 15, is with her parents. Three stepchildren and her toddler son are with Child Protective Services.
Robinson and her husband, a few days before her arrest, had an argument and got into a shoving match as she held her toddler, she said. One of the older children apparently told a teacher, who reported the incident to Child Protective Services.
Robinson and her toddler were staying with her parents when officers arrived to do a welfare check on the 18-month-old boy, leading to a scuffle as she tried to prevent deputies from taking her son.
“There was no professionalism. There was brute force against her, where she was obviously pregnant, it was not something that they could mistake,” said attorney Carol Gustin, representing Robinson.
Quinlan is 40 miles northeast of Dallas.