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Holiday woman jailed after attack on pregnant woman


Woman jailed after attack on pregnant woman, deputies say

Melinda Curtis got out of her car, punched a woman twice in the face, then kicked her in the stomach while wearing high heels, authorities say.

All of that happened after the woman told Curtis she was pregnant, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident happened about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. Curtis was in her car, arguing with a woman walking across Grand Boulevard, when she hit the woman with her car, the sheriff's report said. The woman, who was not seriously hurt, told Curtis that she was pregnant. That's when Curtis, 39, got out of her car and attacked the woman, the report said.

Curtis later told deputies said she knew the woman was pregnant before punching her, the report said.

Curtis, of Holiday, was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She remained Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.


Man bit, head-butted pregnant girlfriend, Sheriff's Office reports

A 28-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after attacking his pregnant girlfriend in her car, authorities said.

Michael Mendoza started arguing with his girlfriend while driving near Chicago Avenue and Gary Street about 5:10 p.m.. deputies said. He then grabbed her ponytail, pulled her toward him, bit her nose and head-butted her mouth, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

She tried to run for help, but Mendoza grabbed her shirt to pull her back into the car, the report said. The shirt ripped and she escaped, authorities said.

Mendoza told deputies he didn't hit his girlfriend.

He was charged with aggravated battery and remained Thursday at Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

Times staff

Holiday woman jailed after attack on pregnant woman 06/09/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 8:27pm]
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