‘He’s a blessing’: New mom on giving birth after off-duty cop’s alleged assault

A woman who gave birth prematurely after allegedly being kicked in the stomach by an off-duty cop in Florida is relieved that her son is healthy after the scary incident, saying “anything could have happened.”

The new mom, Evoni Murray, said her 6-pound, 4-ounce son, Joseph, is doing well days after his unexpected arrival 10 days early following a physical dispute with an off-duty North Miami Beach officer in South Beach late Wednesday.

“I’m grateful ‘cause he’s a blessing,” Murray told WSVN. “I’m grateful because he’s OK.”

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The altercation between Murray, 27, and Ambar Pacheco, 26, who has since been fired by the police department, started after a confrontation between Pacheco, her 21-year-old sister, Murray and Murray’s boyfriend, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald.

Ambar Pacheco told responding officers that Murray’s boyfriend, Joseph 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.

Murray told WSVN that she was walking with Predelus along Washington Avenue when they encountered Pacheco.

“What if I didn’t have him?” Murray asked, referencing Predelus. “Then what? The situation would have been different.”

Murray said she’s still awaiting some answers from the police as to exactly what occurred during the incident.

“That’s why I’m trying to wait for the Miami Beach Police Department to figure it out for me,” she said. “I wish I was a mind reader, but I’m not.”

Murray, who was due on Aug. 4, was transported to a hospital after the incident and gave birth to her son, a Miami Beach police spokesman confirmed to the Miami Herald.

“The pain was really – it was shock,” Murray told WSVN. “I really didn’t have no understanding of anything. I just wanted to make sure my baby was safe.”

Murray said she was floored by the outpouring of support her new family has received and adjusting to her newfound local celebrity status.

“It’s crazy,” she said.

“I was in the hospital and as soon as I had him, I walked to the nursery,” she told WSVN. “I was just being funny and I said, ‘Little man, you’ve got to make mommy famous. Come on now.’ The next morning, I’m on Channel 7.”

Pacheco, meanwhile, had been employed by the department for less than a year and was on probationary status at the time of the incident. Police officials announced Friday that she was “terminated immediately” after being arrested and charged with aggravated battery in connection to the attack.

“You don’t know what life hands at you,” Murray said of the incident. “It’s always frightening – pregnancy, labor. That’s something that’s always scary for a woman, to feel like your baby’s in danger because of a tragic situation. That’s whole other traumatic level.”

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