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Port Charlotte man charged in beating of pregnant woman in Pasco

LUTZ — A 23-year-old man is accused of severely beating a pregnant woman in Lutz, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The woman was interviewed at a hospital, and said Jesus A. Oliva of Port Charlotte attacked her at 5:45 a.m. Friday.

The woman, who is 17 weeks pregnant, said Oliva slapped her, pulled her hair and kicked her several times in the back. Oliva denied beating her, according to a report.

He is charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. As of Saturday afternoon, he was being held in the county jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Car sped off with child clinging on, police say

ZEPHYRHILLS — Authorities say Linda Van Allen, 59, sped out of the Zephyrhills Police Department's parking lot Friday afternoon with a 9-year-old child clinging to her driver's side door.

A report says the child "latched" onto the door at 3:16 p.m. and held on as Van Allen left the lot "at a high rate of speed." She drove out onto the street, then back into the parking lot at 6118 Eighth St. — still speeding, the report says.

The child was still hanging on to her car when she stopped. The relationship between Van Allen and the child was not disclosed.

She was arrested and is charged with child neglect. Van Allen, of 5500 10th St. in Zephyrhills, was released from the Land O'Lakes jail Saturday on $5,000 bail.

Capt. Robert McKinney wouldn't speak specifically about the case, but said the department's parking lot is commonly used for child custody exchanges. The child was not injured during the incident.

Port Charlotte man charged in beating of pregnant woman in Pasco 01/02/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 2, 2010 2:02pm]
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