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Crime & Courts

Riverside man charged with battery to an unborn child

RIVERSIDE – A Riverside man was charged with battery to an unborn child and domestic battery after the Riverside Police Department responded to a call of domestic battery in action at 7:52 p.m. Feb. 22 in the 200 block of West Quincy Street.

Benjamin G. Alvarez, 39, of the 200 block of West Quincy Street, was charged with battery to an unborn child and domestic battery – both class A misdemeanors.

After arriving at the home, Police found a 35-year-old female victim with a swollen left eye, a laceration on her face and a swollen lip. The victim, who is four months pregnant, also had injuries to her stomach, according to police.

Police said Alvarez had gone to a friend’s home for a party against the victim’s wishes. When he returned home, the victim had placed his property outside, which led to a verbal altercation.

After the argument escalated, Alvarez allegedly shoved the victim to the ground, climbed on top of her and shoved her face into the hard packed ice and snow, resulting in her injuries, according to the police. Police said Alvarez also kicked the victim in her stomach.

The victim, after being treated by paramedics, was transported to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood and later released after medical treatment.

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