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Forum News Service, Published July 12 2013

Pregnant woman punched; homicide charge pending

PRESCOTT, Wis. – An 18-year-old western Wisconsin man is facing a homicide charge after he allegedly punched his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach.

Jessy Jordan Holtzkamp, of Prescott, was booked into the Pierce County Jail late Wednesday with first-degree homicide and misdemeanor battery as the listed offenses. Prescott Police Chief Mike R. Bondarenko said formal charges are pending with the Pierce County District Attorney’s Office.

Bondarenko said officers were dispatched after 8 p.m. Wednesday to a Prescott motel on an emergency medical services call for a possible miscarriage.

In a news release, the chief said an investigation revealed that during an argument, “the man allegedly struck the woman in the stomach several times in order to cause a miscarriage and end the pregnancy.”