GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a 32-year-old Muskegon man was arrested for punching and kicking his pregnant wife.
It happened around 9:15 a.m. Monday in the parking lot of the KFC restaurant on North Beacon Boulevard at Taylor Avenue in Grand Haven.
Witnesses say the man punched his wife in the face, causing her to fall to the ground. He then kicked her in the stomach, the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety said.
Investigators say he was enraged over divorce proceedings.
Officers say the victim, a 32-year-old Muskegon woman, had a swollen eye after being punched. A medical examination following the assault confirmed that the fetus was not harmed, the release stated.
Authorities say arraignment for the suspect is pending in Ottawa County District Court.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence in the Ottawa County area, you can contact Resilience: Advocated for Ending Violence (formerly the Center for Women in Transition).
“Many don’t realize that there are services out there to help them navigate this difficult and sensitive experience,” a representative with Resilience told News 8 in reaction to the case. “The most important thing we want victims to know is that they DO NOT have to leave their partner before coming to us. We can help them create safety plans and exit the relationship safely. We can provide tools and resources to help victims, and their children, heal in a safe environment, free from abuse.”
The Holland center offers two 24-hour help lines:
- 800.848.5991 (English)
- 866.728.2131 (Español)
Additionally, you can reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for help at 1.800.799.7233 at any time.
—News 8’s Lynsey Mukomel contributed to this report.