Pregnant Okla. Medic Loses Baby After Patient Assault

Pregnant Okla. Medic Loses Baby After Patient Assault

News Jan 25, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City man has been arrested, accused of killing an unborn child after assaulting a paramedic.

Authorities said 30-year-old Joanna Hickerson, a paramedic, responded to a call for a man needing medical attention last Friday.

Officials said the patient, 58-year-old Ronald Heatly, was taken to the back of the ambulance when he kicked Hickerson in the stomach.

Hickerson was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.

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She was taken to the hospital for treatment where she later miscarried the baby.

The medical examiner ruled the miscarriage happened because of the assault and ruled it a homicide.

Heatly was arrested for assault and battery on a medical care provider and may now face homicide charges.

It is now up to the D.A. to determine what charges, if any, will be filled.

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