Local man arrested for hitting, stepping on pregnant girlfriend

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

Washington police arrested a local man for domestic violence Thursday.

At 6:49 p.m. officers and Washington Fire Department paramedics responded to a call of a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy who was possibly in labor at 1304 W. Jefferson Street, Unit No. 1.

According to reports, responding units were advised that “her water had broken.”

Moments later, the responding units were advised that the woman was reportedly the victim of a domestic violence incident.

When police arrived, they found the 22-year-old victim, Brittany D. O’Brien, on the ground in front of her apartment screaming in pain. 

According to police, the woman was being tended to by her mother and a family friend, who is a registered nurse.

Further investigation revealed that the woman’s live-in boyfriend and father of her unborn child, Matthew S. Wilson, 27, had allegedly struck her in the face with his hand, causing her to fall to the bathroom floor in their apartment.

While she was on the floor, Wilson allegedly stepped on her stomach with his foot, possibly causing unknown trauma to the fetus and possible premature labor, according to police reports.

The woman was able to flee the apartment and fell to the ground in the front yard.

She was transported to Methodist Medical Center by paramedics for medical treatment.

She was admitted to the hospital for further treatment where her condition and the condition of the unborn child are not known at this time.

Police arrested Wilson for aggravated battery to an unborn child, aggravated battery to a pregnant woman and aggravated domestic battery. Each charge is a felony.