When 22-year-old Danielle Liddle felt her water break and prepared to head out from her home in Essex, UK to hospital with her partner Chris Miller, the last thing she expected while on her way to give birth was to be beaten in her home by a masked gang of thieves.
The masked gang, which consisted of five men, have been branded as “sick scum” by Miller, who says his partner is unable to return to the house after she was slashed across the face with a butcher’s knife and beaten with crowbars.
As the couple were preparing to leave for the hospital, the gang smashed through the front of their house using the same crowbars employed to beat the heavily pregnant woman in what can only be described as a heinous crime.
Liddle was rushed to Basildon hospital and diagnosed with a fractured skull and facial wounds. Nevertheless, she gave birth to her baby regardless of her injuries.
As Miller told reporters, “This was an extremely traumatic experience for us both. My girlfriend remains in hospital with a serious head injury when she should be celebrating the birth of our child.”
In explaining what happened during the robbery, Miller said,
“My partner’s contractions were about six minutes apart, so I went upstairs to get her hospital bag and to phone the babysitter to come and look after our two-year-old. The next thing I heard a loud smash – like a fish tank shattering. My partner started screaming my name and I just heard these men shouting something like ‘where’s the money?’, ‘give us the money! I came down running down the stairs and they were attacking her. I just threw my arms round her to protect her. They carried on beating us. I was just shouting back at them, ‘you are wrong man, she is in labour.'”
The masked gang ultimately fled with just an iPad, a cellphone and around $100 in cash, and they managed to ruin the lives of the innocent family in the process.
As Detective Inspector Joel Henderson, from Basildon CID, said, “This was a shocking attack on a young woman who was in labour. It is vital we get those people responsible off the streets of Basildon.”