Miami Beach: Woman 8 months pregnant goes into labor after kick in stomach by police officer

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Woman goes into labor after being kicked in stomach by police officer

MIAMI BEACH, Florida -- A pregnant woman said a violent encounter with an off-duty Florida police officer put her in premature labor, WSVN-TV reported.

Miami Beach police said a mother went into premature labor after she was kicked in the stomach by an off-duty North Miami Beach police officer.

"It was stressful to go through it and luckily we got to Mount Sinai just in the nick of time because it only took seven minutes for the labor," Joseph Predulus, the baby's father, said.

After the attack, 27-year-old Evoni Murray began having contractions.

"You should have been more professional. Like I said, we had no problems with you," Predulus said of the officer. "We didn't come to start any trouble."

Predulus believed the officer was intoxicated during the incident.

"They probably was drunk," he said. "As I was talking to the police, I realized they were drunk, so I guess the alcohol probably kicked in. Like I said, we were minding our own business, just walked by, and I was talking to my baby mother, said she was so emotional, and the girl figured that she was talking to them. Like I said, she came towards, talking about, 'What that be said?' and then tried to attack her."

Despite the attack, baby Joe appeared to be healthy and was expected to be OK.

"When he was born, it put a smile on my face, and all my concern was if he was healthy," Predelus said.

The North Miami Police Department issued a statement saying Officer Ambar Pacheco, 26, has been relieved of duty pending an internal affairs review. She was charged with aggravated battery.

ABC News contributed to this report.