A helpless mother-to-be lost her anticipated baby after a drunk thug crashed into her home and beat her. Now she is demanding a change in the law after he escaped a murder charge.
Abbie Nesbit was 13 weeks pregnant when she was avowedly thrown across a table by an intruder in the middle of the night.
She claims that the assault caused her waters to break, and her baby was stillborn at 20 weeks.
But her attacker was only charged with assault before charges were dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Ms. Nesbit was ‘overjoyed’ to have her first child and had named him after his father Jamie Bennett, 26.
The assault took place in the early hours of August 11 when Abbie was woken at 5 am by a thud at the door.
Her father was working nights, her mother and two younger sisters were asleep upstairs, and she thought it was her disabled neighbor.
She claims she found a drunk man who wanted to speak to another family member and told him to go away, but he pushed her aside.
She said: ‘He kept throwing me back against the table. I had dropped down to the floor with the pain in my stomach, I could feel the water.
‘I was in agony. I couldn’t walk, and I was bleeding, I was really worried about my baby.‘
After giving her statement to the police, she went to the hospital to be checked over.
But on September 10, a scan verified that her amniotic fluid was leaking and she was told her baby had a 1 percent chance of survival.
She was offered yo abort the baby but she variably declined, and on September 26, she went into labor. Later at the hospital, she was told her baby was dead, and she had a stillbirth.
Jamie was buried in a tiny white coffin, which was carried by his father.
Ms. Nesbit’s attacker was accused of assault, but could not be linked to baby Jamie’s death.
She is now demanding to change the law to protect other women who lose their babies in attacks.
Her father, Luke Bryant, has started a petition to bring in ‘Jamie’s Law,’ which has had more than 7,200 signatures.
Police said a man was consequently charged with two counts of assault by beating in connection with the incident. The case against him has since been discontinued by the CPS.