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Pasco deputies: Man beats pregnant woman, ruptures her spleen

HUDSON — He beat her until she blacked out and vomited, authorities said, and then beat her some more.

John N. Mulherin, 24, is accused of kicking his pregnant girlfriend in the ribs and between the legs, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. He slapped her several times and when she began vomiting and blacking out, he sent her to the porch — and then he beat her more for vomiting on the porch, authorities said. He ordered the 24-year-old woman to drive him to Moon Lake but their car crashed en route because she blacked out again. Mulherin "pushed the victim out of the vehicle and then walked to the victim and picked her up off of the ground by her hair," the report states.

He drove them back to their home on Morgan Road in Hudson and, once they arrived, he "slammed her against the wall several times and threw her onto their bed," the Sheriff's Office said. He beat her so severely her spleen ruptured, a report states.

The abuse happened Saturday evening, authorities said. The report did not state how the victim escaped, how far along she is in her pregnancy or how she or the fetus are faring. The Sheriff's Office released no other information.

Mulherin was arrested Tuesday and is charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant female. He is being held without bail at the Pasco jail.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6229.

Pasco deputies: Man beats pregnant woman, ruptures her spleen 01/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 5:45pm]
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