A young woman who is expecting a baby says she was beaten outside her home in Meridian Mar. 4. Her mother spoke out about the crime Monday.
"She said she heard a noise. So, I'm thinking that she had to have heard him climbing over this fence," said Stephanie Johnson, motioning to the area.
Johnson says her 22-year-old daughter was assaulted between 12 noon and 12:30 last Thursday. She said her daughter was returning home from class about an hour earlier than usual.
Johnson says her daughter had only unlocked the outside screen when she noticed a hand on a nearby gate from the backyard. She said that was the suspect, who began beating her with the bat.
"She managed to stumble her way back to her car and he proceeded to hit her some more," said Johnson. "For some reason he gave up and he ran off and she was able to get back into her car."
Johnson said she left looking for help. She suffered a number of bruises. However, preliminary exams show that her daughter and the baby are O.K.
Johnson says a neighbor saw the suspect take off down a wooded alley that alley leads to Northwest Middle School, which is only about a quarter of a mile away.
"I would feel really bad if this person was to go and hurt someone else's child," Johnson said.
According to Johnson a number of children use that alley daily to walk to and from school.
Johnson says she believes the suspect was at her house to break in. Less than two weeks prior to the incident, she says someone stole more than $3,000 worth of items from her house. She said a computer was stolen in November 2009.
Johnson says something must be done. "We're going to fix this problem," she said.