Beaumont pepper-spray case: woman speaks out about blindness

BEAUMONT, Calif.

Monique Hernandez has been blind since the Feb. 21 incident and doctors say she'll probably never see again.

She was undergoing a field sobriety test in her Beaumont neighborhood when there was a dispute, and Beaumont Officer Enoch Clark allegedly fired his pepper-spray gun in her face at close range. Hernandez says her deepest regret is that she can't see her 10-year-old daughter.

"My daughter currently is not staying with me right now. She's staying with my mom, because I can't take care of her right now. I'll probably imagine her looking like a 10-year-old all her life - that's the worst part," said Hernandez.

The family's attorney, Milton Grimes, is filing a claim against the city of Beaumont.

Clark has been indicted by a grand jury on criminal assault charges and faces trial. His attorney says he acted in self-defense.

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