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Archie Ingersoll, Forum Communications Co., Published August 02 2010

Grand Forks man accused of assaulting pregnant wife

GRAND FORKS – A Grand Forks man is accused of punching his pregnant wife, pushing her to the ground and kicking her in the stomach several times.

Ebenezer Nyanswah, 23, appeared in state District Court on Friday on charges of simple assault and abuse or neglect of a child.

An officer’s report filed in court says Nyanswah came home May 24 and got into an argument with his wife, who was four months pregnant at the time.

According to the report, he punched her in the mouth, cutting her, and then kept hitting her in the face while she held their

1-year-old daughter. Nyanswah’s wife set the girl on a bed, and Nyanswah pushed his wife to the floor, the report states.

The report says he kicked his wife in the stomach multiple times, saying he wanted “that bastard baby to die.” Nyanswah punched her in the face once more before leaving the apartment, the report states.

His wife went to Altru Hospital to receive medical care for her daughter, her unborn child and herself. Prosecutor Nancy Yon, who is handling the case, did not know the current condition of the alleged victims.

Nyanswah, who was arrested Thursday, is being held at the Grand Forks County Jail. A message left for him there was not returned Friday. He does not have an attorney, court officials said.

In court Friday, his bail was set at $2,000, and a preliminary hearing was slated for Aug. 30.

The maximum penalty for abuse or neglect of a child is five years in prison and $5,000 fine. Simple assault carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Ingersoll is a writer for the Grand Forks Herald