Muskegon Twp. teen to stand trial for assault on pregnant woman

7:56 PM, Oct 22, 2010   |    comments
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James Cowles

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Prosecutors today presented evidence in a hearing for a Muskegon Township teen accused of assaulting a pregnant woman.

It happened earlier this month when the victim helped the boy's mother by serving him with a personal protection order.

Kalie Workman told a judge Friday about the day earlier this month when she faced 19-year old James Cowles. Workman was serving the teenager with the personal protection order his mother Pamela Daugherty took out against him. Then, Cowles erupted.

"He got mad. He became violent. He ripped the restraining order up and threw it into my face," Workman said. "He knew I was pregnant, but he said 'I did not care'."

Workman says Cowles threw her into a wall, ripped off her neckless, and prevented her from calling 911. She testified Cowles eventually backed off, so she sprayed him with pepper spray. Workman says he responded by throwing a pot at her stomach.

Workman was taken from the Park Meadows Park by ambulance. At the hospital, she learned her fetus had died.

Friday's testimony was sufficient for Cowles to stand trial in circuit court on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

The medical report has not been completed from the autopsy performed on the fetus. Prosecutors say they may add an additional felony charge against Cowles if medical evidence shows the fetus died as a result of the assault.

Jon Mills - WZZM

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