Man accused of fetal homicide for allegedly beating woman, causing miscarriage

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A 44-year-old man has been charged with third-degree fetal homicide, assault and other offenses for beating a woman, causing her to have a miscarriage.

The unborn child was then buried, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root, whose investigators handled the case.

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The sheriff said Freddy T. Humfleet, of Echo Valley Road in London, was arrested just before 2 a.m. Friday at his home about six miles south of London.

The arrest came after the Laurel County Sheriff’s office received information from Whitley County Sheriff’s Office that a woman, who was 10 weeks pregnant, had been severely beaten by Humfleet, apparently causing the miscarriage, Root said.

Sheriff’s investigators went to the Humfleet’s residence and learned Humfleet allegedly had struck the woman with his hands, fists, and a wooden board, causing severe bruising and cuts to her face, neck and body, according to the sheriff, who added Humfleet also strangled the woman.

The woman showed Sheriff’s investigators where the fetal remains had been buried in a small blue metal container, covered with rocks with a small commemorative stone placed on top, Root stated.

Investigators also found Humfleet in possession of suspected crystal methamphetamine and a glass pipe.

Humfleet was charged with fetal homicide – third-degree; assault – second-degree; strangulation – first-degree; possession of a controlled substance – first-degree – first offense – methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia.

Assisting on the investigation and arrest were: Lt. Chris Edwards, who is the case officer, shift Sgt. John Inman, Detective Robert Reed, K-9/shift Sgt. Gary Mehler, Deputy Hunter Disney, Deputy Hobie Daugherty, Deputy Travis Napier, Detective James Sizemore,and Deputy Justin Taylor.