Family and friends are relieved that police have arrested the suspect accused of assaulting a pregnant woman, stabbing her and forcing doctors to deliver a premature birth.
BROOKHAVEN, Ga. – A woman and her newborn child remain at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, struggling to recover, as the woman was informed on Thursday that police had arrested the man accused of stabbing a hiking trail in Brookhaven.
O random attack it happened on Saturday in front of her 3-year-old son.
Doctors in the emergency room were forced to perform an emergency cesarean and deliver their four-month premature baby.
the suspect, Christopher Jones, 30 years old, confessed, according to the police, without giving the reason. Police said Jones is on mental health treatment and believes his illness was a factor.
jones is scheduled for his first court appearance before a DeKalb County Magistrates’ Court judge on Friday.
The woman’s partner told 11Alive shortly after police announced the arrest that he was grateful that so many officers worked so hard to put the suspect behind bars and protect his family.
He said she and her newborn son are having a difficult recovery. But, he said, they are both fighters.
“She only has 99 pounds of dynamite,” he said, describing her in words of wonder, love and hope.
“She is progressing. She is the strongest woman I have ever met. But it will take some time before she can move again and be able to go home,” he said.” She is so full of love, and everyone who knows her realizes that she is really just a shining light in everyone’s life. ”
Her newborn child, weighing a pound and a half at birth, is in critical condition.
“Every day is a roller coaster, he’s gaining weight, or losing weight, or they have to donate blood because they draw a lot of blood,” he explained.
Both parents are teachers and now face huge medical bills.
Nicole, her childhood friend, in a few days raised tens of thousands of dollars online, knowing that mother and baby will need it many times.
“And he’s a little fighter, just like his mother,” Nicole said, fighting back tears and breathing to collect herself.
“You know, this can happen to anyone. My friend is very smart, very brave, very aware. Unfortunately, in the world we live in today, we need to be extremely safe, extremely careful and just be available to each other, take care of each other and continue to support each other,” she said.
The woman’s partner said that her sense of freedom and well-being is, for the time being, shaken.
“She really defines freedom as the ability to get out of the house and run when you want. And someone took that freedom from her. And hopefully, with the help of the police department, she can get that feeling again. Because it’s sad when you can be afraid of your shadow because of a person. “
Still, their family and friends are grateful to the police and to the people they never met and who are supporting them now.
“You don’t realize that there’s an army of people supporting you,” his partner said, “and that we’re all part of the same village and the same tribe, and we’re all looking out for each other, and that even if there’s a small act of it, that there is so much love that it will surpass that, and for that I am very, very grateful for the humanity shown by all people, for people we may not even know. “
“And I mean, for anyone who doubts humanity or trusts people, I want you to realize that there’s so much goodness in people and you can’t lose that faith,” he added.
They are hoping she can go home soon, but say her baby will likely be in the NICU for months.