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Woman arrested after pregnant mother and daughter beaten with bricks in Nanaimo

The woman is in the third trimester of pregnancy and was taken to hospital in stable condition. According to police

A file photo of police crime scene tape.

pregnant Nanaimo A woman was hit in the abdomen with a brick in an attempt to protect her child. My daughter was attacked in downtown Nanaimo on Monday.

This woman is in her third trimester of pregnancy, rushed to hospital, and is in stable condition on her RCMP reserve. Gary O'Brien said in an interview: He said his four-year-old daughter was traumatized.

"It was a tragic and traumatic situation for this woman who was trying to protect her daughter," he said.

O'Brien said his family were victims of "someone in an extreme mental health crisis."

Witnesses told police that a 37-year-old woman was violent in a downtown area on Monday afternoon. She had to be kicked out of the restaurant and she started attacking people randomly along the street. Several bystanders tried in vain to appease her.

The woman made her way to the museum, where she picked up a brick and threw it at her mother and her four-year-old daughter, who were only three feet away from her, O'Brien said. said.

"She was inspecting her daughter, who should have been hit by the brick. Unfortunately, the brick fell into her fetal area. I got it,” he said.

The woman had to be detained by several people, including downtown security guards, until police arrived.

O'Brien said the woman was well known to her RCMP in Nanaimo and was charged with assault with a weapon. She was taken into custody and transferred to Nanaimo court on Tuesday, where she awaited appearance before a judge. said he was concerned about an increase in

"It's something that happens almost every day now … people in mental health crises are about to lose control," he said. "Sadly, violence breaks out and innocent people are hurt."

His 2021 Crime Severity Index in Nanaimo stands at 129.70, according to data recently released by Statistics Canada. , well above BC. The average is 92.86 for him, but below the 148.43 seen in Victoria. This index measures the volume and severity of police-reported crimes.

His 2021 numbers for Nanaimo represent a leap from his 2017, which was 97.78. The highest number seen in the last five years he had 142.51 in 2019.

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