Tragic grad, 21, loses unborn baby after thugs stamp on her stomach
Malorie Bantala was eight months pregnant
A heavily pregnant grad lost her unborn child after two men deliberately kicked and stamped on her stomach.
Malorie Bantala, 21, was eight months pregnant when men threw her on the ground in broad daylight and took turns to jump on her.
Events Management grad Malorie, said: “I’m going to lose my baby” to her mum after she rushed out of the family home nearby to help her.
She suffered severe internal bleeding and is now in a critical condition on a hospital life-support machine. Doctors were unable to save her baby.
The recent Bedfordshire grad was attacked just yards from her home on quiet Talfourd Place in Peckham, South London.
Cleaner and mum Ida, 49, described how she saw her daughter outside after the attack.
She said: “Just after 8pm someone came running up to my flat.
“I rushed down and there she was just lying on the pavement with the police.
“She was just crying and crying. If you see your daughter like that, it’s awful.”
The London Ambulance Service has apologised after it emerged Malorie waited over an hour for an ambulance which never arrived.
A spokesman said: “We are very sorry that we were unable to send an ambulance before we were cancelled by the police at 9.25pm and are now looking into the circumstances of what happened.”
Police believe this was a deliberate attack on a pregnant woman.
Detective Chief Inspector Robert Pack said: “This was a truly abhorrent and vile attack on a heavily pregnant woman who has now, tragically, lost her baby.
“The men who attacked her must have known the impact their actions would have when they kicked her repeatedly in the stomach.
“It is sickening to think someone would deliberately target a pregnant woman in this way.
“The suspects were distinctive in their crash helmets and we would appeal for anyone who saw them either before the attack or running from the scene to please come forward and contact us.”
A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and child destruction.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 020 8345 3985 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.