*(via theGrio) – The pregnant Detroit woman who was kidnapped, set on fire, and shot early Saturday morning has successfully given birth to a baby boy.
The woman, who Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV has identifiedas 22-year-old LaTonya Bowman, was due to deliver in three weeks, but went into labor at about 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon and gave birth at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday morning via an emergency C-section at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
“She has to be one of the most courageous women I have ever encountered,” said Warren Police Deputy Commissioner Louis Galasso. “She had the will and instinct to live.”
The incident took place late Saturday night after Bowman and Jamal Rogers, the baby’s father, went to a late night showing of Men in Black 3 at the Ford Drive-In Theater in Dearborn. Rogers, 22, had apparently been very upset about Bowman’s pregnancy, and did not want to have a third child with a third different woman. Rogers has two other children, ages 3 and 1.
Galasso also told the Detroit Free Press that the baby’s father admitted to the mother and to detectives that he did not want the child. “He certainly discussed not wanting to have the child, but he told his roommate to abandon the idea to harm the child,” Galasso said.
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