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Dad, two others accused of tying, beating pregnant mother

Friday, May 17, 2013

A baby girl who is barely one day old is in critical condition. The newborn is hospitalized because of what investigators say her father did to her mother while she was still inside of her.

Deputies say on Wednesday, a 9-month-pregnant woman was terrorized by a group of masked burglars at an apartment in northwest Harris County, and one of the suspects is allegedly the baby's father.

It was inside Apartment 1708 where investigators say the pregnant woman was tied up and beaten by a group of masked men.

"I was just freaking out and I didn't know what was going on," said Jose Cuevas, the victim's husband.

Cuevas says he's the 21-year-old victim's husband and was working when the attack happened Wednesday morning. He says his two young daughters were sleeping in another room as the armed burglars tied up and bound his pregnant wife with tape and beat her up.

"She's pretty hurt. I mean, you can see the bruises and stuff," Cuevas said.

Several neighbors in the complex say the burglars threatened them as well. Neighbors told Eyewitness News they called police when they saw masked men leaving the place and carrying electronics.

Deputies rushed to the scene and arrested 19-year-olds Isaias Arellano and Hector Ramirez. A 16-year-old is also facing aggravated robbery charges.

Investigators say Ramirez is the father of the child the victim was carrying.

"Had he been threatening her or you guys?" we asked Cuevas.

"I mean I don't know. To be honest, I really don't know him. It's just been -- he's crazy, you know," he replied.

Cuevas was guarded in his comments about the suspects. His wife was rushed to the hospital, where doctors performed an emergency C-section. Investigators say the newborn baby is in critical condition now.

Cuevas says he's still trying to take it all in.

"It just just bugs me out because it's like, if it was just robbing, you know, you didn't have to mess with her and my kids. You're going to come rob me, go ahead and rob me, but don't touch my family," Cuevas said.

Cuevas says his wife is recovering right now but doctors are closely monitoring the newborn.
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