Omaha, NE - A pregnant woman attacked at a west Omaha apartment complex. Authorities accuse her boyfriend's mother, who lives 2 states away.
51-year-old Teresa Schultze of Hillsdale, Illinois is accused of driving 6 hours to beat up her son's pregnant girlfriend on September 9th. She's charged with felony 3rd Degree Assault of a Pregnant Woman.
Prosecutors say Schultze pushed her way into her son's apartment near 114th & W. Dodge Rd. and attacked the victim by grabbing her throat, throwing her down, elbowing her in the head, and threatening to kill her. The arrest affidavit says it was because Schultze was mad that the victim was 5 weeks pregnant with her son’s child. The victim was examined, and told police there are no lasting injuries or complications because of the assault.
Amy Richardson, President of the Women's Center for Advancement says, 1 in every 5 women that are pregnant is abused during their pregnancy.
"We know that an unborn child actually experiences in the womb so the trauma, the stress, the mom is going through. Even if there isn't physical trauma, the emotional trauma the baby is in, and the baby's life is definitely in jeopardy,” Richardson explained.
Schultze's defense attorney, Mickey Meckna, says his client has a different version of what happened. He says Schultze drove to Omaha on business, and went to see her son. Though Meckna says there was no debating the two families don't get along, he says Schultze was the one who was attacked after an argument between the two. He says they have pictures to back up the claim.
"She essentially was attacked by this alleged victim,” Meckna described. "I think when all the evidence is put forward the charges will be dismissed or the jury will find this individual not guilty."
Schultze posted 10% of a $35,000 bond, and has returned to Illinois. She was arrested in Kansas on the felony warrant a few weeks ago, and was extradited to Omaha. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison.
The victim has also filed a protection order against the suspect.
If you are a family member, friend, or bystander who suspects domestic violence, or would like to get help for someone call the Women's Center for Advancement Crisis Hotline at 402-345-7273. The WCA provides confidential support 24/7 for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. For the 24/7 Spanish Crisis Hotline call 402-672-7118.