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Police allege man beat up pregnant woman

He's been wanted on assault charges since May

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man is facing assault charges for allegedly beating up a woman who was seven months pregnant.

Allentown police were initially dispatched to a South Fourth Street apartment shortly before 5 p.m. on May 28, 2016, to investigate a domestic incident. The victim told authorities that Saleem Barber had come to her apartment about 30 minutes earlier to see their 7-month-old child, according to court records.

She told police he argued with her before she agreed to allow him to see the baby. After they walked back into the hallway, Barber allegedly began arguing with her again and punched her in the face several times, according to records.

An officer said he observed bruising around the victim’s eye along with a small cut under the eye and a lump above it. Police said she was taken to the hospital to be examined because she was seven months pregnant.

Police said they were unable to find Barber at his home in the 600 block of West Allen Street, so they issued a warrant for his arrest.

District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 19-year-old Sunday evening on simple assault and harassment charges, setting bail at $5,000. Barber was released from Lehigh County Jail Monday after posting bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Feb. 27.

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