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Superior man faces arraignment after pregnant ex-girlfriend describes beating

Clutching a pink plastic rosary, Jessica Jones told Court Commissioner Paul Baxter on Wednesday about the night her former boyfriend, Tracy KirPatrick Humbert, could have killed their unborn child.

Clutching a pink plastic rosary, Jessica Jones told Court Commissioner Paul Baxter on Wednesday about the night her former boyfriend, Tracy KirPatrick Humbert, could have killed their unborn child.

He came home, she said, smelling of alcohol and with white powder residue by his nose. When he saw she had packed his clothes, Humbert got angry and said he wasn't leaving.

"He pushed me so hard I bounced off the bed," she said, and she fell to the floor. Humbert then stomped on her lower abdomen three times while wearing tennis shoes.

After the first kick, Jones said, "I basically told him, I said, 'You're gonna kill your kid.' " He told her he didn't care and stomped on her stomach again. She curled up to protect her unborn baby.

Jones was able to fight back and leave the apartment to call 911.

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Humbert, 34, was charged with one felony count of aggravated battery to an unborn child and misdemeanor counts of battery and resisting an officer for the March 27 incident.

Baxter found probable cause Wednesday to bind Humbert over for arraignment after testimony from Jones and Conrad Hanstein, an emergency room physician at St. Mary's Hospital of Superior.

Humbert's attorney, Public Defender Leslie Dollen, questioned the lack of bruising or visible marks on Jones' abdomen. She also made a point of asking Hanstein whether other conditions, such as smoking, could cause a placental abruption. He agreed they could, but said the most plausible explanation for the abruption would be assault.

The arraignment was set for May 19 with Judge Michael Lucci. Humbert remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

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