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York City woman gets probation for assaulting pregnant woman
A York City woman was sentenced to four years of probation after assaulting a pregnant woman in March 2016, according to online court records.
Daridels Ventura-Guzman, 24, of 460 Walnut St., entered a negotiated plea agreement and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor simple assault Friday afternoon, online court records state.
She was sentenced to four years probation with the condition of having no contact with the victim's child, York County District Attorney's Office spokesman Kyle King said.
Ventura-Guzman's original felony charges of aggravated assault of an unborn child and attempted aggravated assault of an unborn child were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Plea: York City Police have said Ventura-Guzman hit a pregnant woman after approaching her at the woman's home on March 30, 2016. According to police, a forensic nurse at York Hospital at the time said the victim might lose the child from the signs she was showing after the assault.
King confirmed Friday that there were no injuries to the baby.
He said the victim was consulted before the plea agreement was made.
“The victim was contacted and was in agreement with and satisfied with the plea agreement,” King said.
He said the victim's main concern was her child, and so the plea agreement included that no contact be made by Ventura-Guzman to the child.
Allegations: About 8 p.m. on March 30, the victim and her boyfriend, the father of her child, were going back to her home on Columbia Avenue when Ventura-Guzman approached the victim in the driveway, yelling insults, documents allege.
Police allege the pregnant woman's boyfriend and Ventura-Guzman were previously in a relationship, and ever since the victim became pregnant, Ventura-Guzman had harassed her on social media about it. When the two met at the driveway, they began arguing, prompting the victim's teenage niece to come outside and see what was happening, police said.
"She told the defendant that if she started to fight with her aunt, knowing that she was pregnant, she would have to get involved," documents state.
Ventura-Guzman then "hurled" insults at the niece and proceeded to slap the victim in the face, according to documents. The victim defended herself with her niece and both were hit, police said. Additionally, police say the victim remembered being hit in the stomach and chest area.
The victim's boyfriend jumped in to break up the fight, but police say he grabbed the niece instead of Ventura-Guzman. After that, Ventura-Guzman hit the victim in the face, according to police, and at some point was told to go to the victim's boyfriend's car, and the two drove off, documents state. They did not return.
During the assault, the victim attempted to call police but was stopped, police said. Documents do not state what stopped her from calling police.
A neighbor who was outside called 911.
The responding officer wrote in the documents that he waited a few months to allow the victim to recover and to see if any serious complications would come to the unborn child. The victim told police she was six months pregnant but had to be seen frequently by her doctor to see if she would go into labor prematurely, documents state. Charges were originally filed on July 11, 2016.
Clarence Allen, who is listed as Ventura-Guzman's attorney, did not return a message seeking comment.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at email@example.com or on Twitter at@YDDornblaser.