SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. -- A pregnant woman and her boyfriend want justice after they said they were attacked on Thanksgiving at a mall in Virginia.
Rosalinda Cunningham and boyfriend Vincent Pace said it happened about 9:30 p.m. in the parking lot.
"My mind was going a million different ways," Pace told WTVR.
Cunningham is nine months pregnant.
"Of course my life -- but not only that but the baby's life -- and seeing him pretty much getting jumped," Cunningham said. "It just keeps running through my mind."
The two said they were shopping when Cunningham began having contractions, but as they pulled out of the parking lot to leave for the hospital, they were surrounded.
"They literally just stood in front of the car -- started banging on the car -- kicking the car telling him to get out of the vehicle," Cunningham said.
"And they tell me to get out of the vehicle -- my doors are locked her doors are unlocked. They tried to drag her out," Pace said.
He said he got out of the car to protect Cunningham when a group of what looked like teenagers began to attack him.
"Every time I got up they pushed me -- knocked me back down," Pace said.
Cunningham said when she tried to fight back to get the attacker off her boyfriend, a woman who appeared to be related to one of the attackers ran over and began hitting her.
Pace said he watched as the woman hit Cunningham in the back
"My heart dropped because I thought it was her stomach. My heart dropped. And I lost it," Pace said.
After the attack, fears for their unborn child continued.
"When we got to the hospital that night it took us 2 1./2 hours to find a heartbeat -- which kind of messed me up because this is my first child, too," Pace said.
But Cunningham said they were relieved to find the ultrasound came back normal and their baby is OK.
"This was not only one life at risk but three," Cunningham said.
The couple said they want to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else. They said they reported the incident to the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office, which was called to the scene after the attack.
"I want them to get charged and be where they're supposed to be. Which is behind bars," Cunningham said.AlertMe