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Man allegedly attacks pregnant woman with bat

EASTON, Pa. - An Easton man is facing assault charges after he allegedly attacked a pregnant woman with a baseball bat.

Easton police charged Robert L. Bates with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct in connection to the attack at a Palmer Street apartment in the city last November. District Judge Dan Corpora arraigned the 32-year-old Monday morning, setting bail at $25,000.

Police were dispatched to Palmer and Davis streets shortly before 10 a.m. Nov. 24, 2016, to investigate a report of a woman being hit with a baseball bat. When officers arrived, they found the victim, who reported she was attacked by Bates and Iesha Williams. Court records indicate the assault occurred at the same address in the 300 block of Palmer Street, where Bates lived.

The victim told authorities that Bates allegedly hit her in arms, legs and body with a baseball bat, while Williams allegedly hit her with a two-by-four, according to court records. Police said the victim had visible injuries, and that she complained of arm and leg pain.

She also told authorities that she was pregnant at the time of the attack.

Police arrested Williams last December. She pleaded guilty in March to simple assault.

Bates failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 6.

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