Hunt Co. sheriff discusses claims deputy punched pregnant woman

Hunt Co. sheriff discusses claims deputy punched pregnant woman

HUNT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Hunt County Sheriff's Office says a woman alleging excessive force by the department struck a deputy in the face.

Deanna Robinson, 38, says deputies punched her several times in the back while they were executing a court order to take custody of her 18-month-old child. Robinson was 38 weeks pregnant when she says the assault occurred. She says the incident escalated when deputies refused to let her read the court order.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks says the deputy reported that Deanna did, in fact, have the opportunity to read the court order.

"She asked to see the warrant and it was shown to her," he says.

Meeks also says Robinson struck the deputy in the face, prompting the use of force to restrain her.

"Mrs. Robinson became combative, was shouting profanities, and struck Deputy (Josh) Robinson in the face," he says.

After viewing the video, Meeks believes Robinson may have reached for the deputy's gun. The deputy did not report that to investigators.

Meeks has launched an internal investigation, as well as requesting the Texas Rangers conduct an independent investigation.

"Once the investigation is over and the evidence shows that my deputy violated the law, he will be prosecuted to the fullest if a criminal act has occurred. However, if the evidence shows that my deputy did nothing wrong, I assure you, I will back him 100 percent," he says.

Robinson was arrested and spent six days in jail. She is charged with assaulting an officer, interfering with child custody, and evading arrest. She gave birth to the baby six days after her release, with no complications.

"We have not received a complaint on this matter in any form or fashion," Meeks says. "Still, as of now, we have not received a complaint from Mrs. Robinson or her attorneys. I have determined that the Texas Rangers should conduct an independent investigation in the interest of transparency."

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