Man faces child destruction charges after punching pregnant girl

Police have arrested a man after he punched his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach, ultimately killing the unborn baby.

Police were called to an ongoing domestic incident at Copster Hill Park in Oldham.

Attending officers found a 16-year-old girl who was seven months pregnant was punched in the stomach by her partner.

She was taken to hospital but sadly lost her baby in the tragic domestic incident.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of child destruction and a Section 18 Assault. He remains in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels, said: “The circumstances surrounding this are exceptionally tragic.

“We have specially trained officers supporting the girl, who is distraught by what happened in a way I cannot begin to imagine.

“To punch a heavily pregnant woman in the stomach is an unthinkable act and I can only reassure people that we are doing everything we can to fully and thoroughly investigate the full circumstances of this appalling crime.

“The incident happened in a public park in broad daylight and we know from what people have already said to us that others may have been present in or around the park who have seen this take place or have information that can help us with this investigation.

“We need to speak to these people urgently. If anyone has any information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.