Father, son indicted in pregnant woman assault

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A father and his son were indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury for an alleged St. Patrick’s Day assault on a woman who was nine months pregnant.

Joseph Lightfoot, 22, and his father, Joseph Jenkins, 44, each were indicted on one count of aggravated burglary and felonious assault for an incident that took place March 17 at an apartment complex on Tyrell Avenue, which is Youngstown’s lower West Side.

Police were called to the apartment complex late that night, where they chased down Lightfoot, who had a firearm on him. According to a police report, Divinia Berger said that Lightfoot, Jenkins and other members of Lightfoot’s family came to the apartment to pick up some of Lightfoot’s belongings.

When Berger refused to give the belongings over because her sister, who lives at the same house and has children with Lightfoot, was not home, Lightfoot and Jenkins pulled Berger out of the apartment by her hair and then attacked her, along with the other family members, according to Berger’s statement to police. At least one witness reported hearing gunshots as well.

Police observed no injuries on Berger, but noted her shirt was ripped and her hair was messed up, the report states.

Berger was nine months pregnant at the time.

March 17 police report

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