Florida man punches pregnant woman in stomach, steals purse, police say

A South Florida man is accused of punching a pregnant woman in her stomach and robbing her purse, authorities said.

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Malcom J. Hodges, 29, was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated battery on a pregnant person and robbery, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the victim was walking in Lake Worth Beach around 11:50 a.m. Friday when Hodges grabbed her from behind and threw her to the ground, WPEC reported. Hodges then allegedly punched the woman in the stomach despite noticing she was pregnant, the television station reported.

Hodges then stole the woman's purse and fled the scene on foot. WPLG reported.

Hodges was arrested at 6:30 p.m. and allegedly told deputies he steals from people when he does not have any money, WPEC reported.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Sunday the woman was in good condition, The Palm Beach Post reported.

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