South Florida mom beaten, raped as newborn lay beside her, police say

Now, the women in the community are forming a neighborhood watch and vow that this incident won’t happen again. “I’m very, very upset and I’m very mad,” said Debbie Knoll. “We’re all here to stand with her.”

Gary L. Holmes, 19, allegedly raped a Florida woman as her newborn baby lay nearby.

Police say a South Florida mother managed to call 911 as a would-be burglar raped, beat and choked her while her newborn baby lay beside her on the bed.

Coral Springs police say dispatchers heard the assault taking place Sunday night after the 25-year-old woman called 911 on her cell phone. Police set up a perimeter around the South Florida neighborhood and arrested 19-year-old Gary L. Holmes.

The woman tried to call police after the intruder managed to enter the home through a sliding door, but the phone was hit away while the dispatcher was on the phone, reported. The dispatcher reportedly could hear the struggle.

The call was traced to the woman’s home, the report said.

“The communications center received a second phone call a couple minutes later from a female occupant saying that somebody had broken in to her house, and that she was sexually assaulted; the suspect was running out of her house,” Coral Springs Police Sgt. Dave Kirkland said, according to WSVN.


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