Police: Man threatened to kill unborn baby if girlfriend kept smoking

Jason Mal DeWitt

Jason Mal DeWitt

A Carson City man is being sought for questioning after allegedly threatening to cut the fetus out of his pregnant girlfriend.

Carson City Sheriff's Lt. Ray Saylo said officers were called out to the hospital about 3:30 a.m. Friday morning after a 19-year-old woman reported she was the victim of a battery.

Saylo said the woman, who was almost seven months pregnant, told police that she and her boyfriend, Justin Dewitt, 29, had a fight early Thursday morning and fought most of the day.

The woman said Dewitt was drinking, according to Saylo.

"At about 2 a.m. in the morning, (Dewitt) goes over to the victim sleeping on the couch, wakes her up and begins to argue with her over smoking a cigarette," said Saylo. "He slams her around a little bit in the apartment and then grabs a knife and with the knife poked her in the stomach."

Saylo said Dewitt told the woman he was going to help her kill the baby.

Saylo said Dewitt eventually left the apartment and the woman, who was concerned about her baby after being punched in the stomach, took herself to the hospital.

Saylo said the woman suffered marks and scratches but that her unborn child seemed fine.

Officers were unable to locate Dewitt.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call nonemergency dispatch at 887-2007.

• Contact reporter F.T. Norton at ftnorton@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1213.


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