An off-duty police officer accused of kicking a woman who was eight months pregnant in the stomach has been fired, police officials said.
The North Miami Beach Police Department announced Friday that Ambar Pacheco, 26, had been “terminated immediately” after she was arrested and charged with aggravated battery in South Beach late Wednesday.
Police Chief William Hernandez announced Pacheco’s firing on the department’s social media accounts.
The incident, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald, happened after a confrontation between Pacheco and her 21-year-old sister, Mikaela Pacheco, and another couple identified as Evoni Murray, 27 — who was pregnant — and Joseph Predelus, 40.
Ambar Pacheco told responding officers that Predelus kicked her sister in the face, prompting her to react, according to the affidavit.
“I saw red and beat the s—t out of [Murray],” Pacheco told an arresting officer.
Exactly how the fight started isn’t clear, but Ambar Pacheco later told an officer that “she doesn’t know who, but she kicked somebody,” according to the affidavit.
Pacheco, who had been employed by the department for less than a year, was on probationary status at the time of the incident. She was later relieved of her duties with pay until the culmination of an internal affairs probe, North Miami Beach police told the newspaper.
Pacheco, according to county court records, has had one prior arrest in Miami-Dade County, where she was booked at 18 for petit theft. She was later referred to a pre-trial diversion program, the Herald reports.
Murray, meanwhile, was transported to a hospital following the incident and delivered a healthy baby, a Miami Beach police spokesman told the newspaper.
Murray had been due to give birth on Aug. 4, WSVN reports. Predulus was by his girlfriend’s side as she gave birth to their son, Joe, 10 days earlier than expected — and there was hardly any time to spare, he said.
“It was stressful because I had to go through it,” Predulus told the station. “Luckily, we had got her to Mount Sinai just in time because it only took seven minutes for the labor.”
Predulus said his son and Murray have since been released from the hospital and are back home at their residence in Miami’s Liberty City section.
“When he was born, it put a smile on my face,” Predulus said. “All my concern is that he was happy.”