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Missouri Man Stabs Pregnant Woman at Truck Stop, Victim Gives Birth to Injured Baby: Cops

Categories: Crime, News

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Mark Downing.
During some kind of dispute ata truck stop yesterday morning, police say Mark Downing, 28, stabbed a nine-months pregnant woman, seriously injuring her and the unborn child.

The 30-year-old victim, who police say was an acquaintance with the suspect, was rushed to the hospital where she delivered the baby by cesarean section and was treated for a stabbing wound, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.

The newborn is also suffering from a stabbing wound and being treated as well, police say.

Miraculously, the mother and the newborn are both "recovering well," cops say.

Officials don't have a lot of details to offer about the stabbing or the victim's relationship to the suspect other than to confirm that she knew him. Police say the incident was sparked by some sort of a "domestic dispute" in the parking lot of a Road Ranger truck stop on Highway 28 in Pulaski County.

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The incident took place at a Road Ranger truck stop.

Downing was arrested shortly after the incident but not before he got into a "brief altercation" with deputies, police say.

He is currently being held in Pulaski County Jail on two counts of first-degree assault with bond set at $1 million, Sheriff Ron Long says.

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In response to concerned commenters on Facebook who say that the suspect should be facing a stricter charge, the sheriff's office emphasizes that the "first-degree assault" offense in this case incorporates what most consider "attempted murder."

The sheriff's office explains:

Please understand that in the state of Missouri, the offense of First Degree Assault incorporates what most people recognize as Attempted Murder. It is potential a life sentence could be received for that offense. Our state does not have a statute known as Attempted Murder. Absent death, he is charged with one of the most serious felonies possible. The court system will do its job.

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laxx1559
laxx1559

Wow.  Hopefully this guy gets life.  if not life, enough of a sentence that he dies in prison.  I'm sure the other prisoners/guards will hear about this an want to have a word.  prepare for feces and urine in your food, and solitary confinement.

KeshKat Knk
KeshKat Knk

Domestic violence is at an all time high

Jesse Speaks Jr
Jesse Speaks Jr

Good luck, I would suggest eyes in the back of your head!!! Dumb Ass.

Josh Petersen
Josh Petersen

No amount of speculation or prevention will change people doing bad things as a whole maybe, but there are more than enough examples of people successfully defending themselves against attackers because they were armed, so for those individuals in those situations it did change a lot.

Josh Petersen
Josh Petersen

I feel the question really should be, what is more likely? Defending yourself successfully barehanded against an armed assailant or defending yourself successfully with a firearm against an armed assailant. Yes I am aware that the statistics show that a lot of armed people never adequately defend themselves with said firearm, but I still contend that your chances are still higher. Simply put if a man drew a knife on you and you felt he was going to use it no matter what, would you rather be armed or unarmed?

Peg Keller
Peg Keller

Are you fucking kidding me? I did answer you, twice now.

Peg Keller
Peg Keller

Your argument is just not a good one Steve. I think you thought this was a stranger encounter where a woman with a weapon could have pulled it out when she spotted the man pull out the knife and defended herself. That's not what this was. This was a couple (or siblings/cousins etc) who were together and they would have both had equal access to any weapon available, but in reality- the man would have been the one holding the weapon in a typical couple, especially since the woman was 9 months pregnant. Also, when you repeatedly use improper punctuation like your many ellipsis, which can't be blamed on a cell phone typo-, and when you mock a valid study because you think the words are too big, it does make you seem less intelligent than average.

Jeri Michelle Reuter
Jeri Michelle Reuter

Not everyone has called you an idiot, but I would definitely say that your opinion (which is the opinion that a lot of people have) is becoming a stereotype, and that stereotype is being looked upon unfavorably.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

^ but you still can't answer my question, can you, peg? you can spout off lots of liberal agenda, but can't type "yes" or "no" to the simple question of IF she had a gun...would it have been POSSIBLE that she could have shot him before he had a chance to stab her baby? you can answer "no", if you want, but at least answer the question.

Laura Davis
Laura Davis

I don't remember mentioning either "hope or change," but then again I'm not calling everyone who doesn't agree with me a "moron" or "stupid" and guaranteeing my intelligence is greater than anyone else's on a Facebook post, a THEORY which you'll never be able to prove and a guarantee that you can back up. I don't hate guns. In fact, guns weren't mentioned until you mentioned them. I was just saying monkeys are real so the probability that they could fly out of your ass is more likely than a unicorn. Asses can do amazing things, yours is talking, isn't it?!

Peg Keller
Peg Keller

Please. You're a real estate agent.

Andrew Jovanovic
Andrew Jovanovic

What the hell is wrong with Missouri?! Do we not have better things to do? I feel like a teacher wanting to assign projects to Missourians that do not know how to handle their free time.

Peg Keller
Peg Keller

I showed you the statistics, I thought you could extrapolate the possibilities from that. But I should have figured that someone who can't get past the pertinent quote from a study might have difficulty understanding the study itself. Using the statistics, she would have had a 1.2% chance to be able to use a gun against him. Now. You need to admit that in a domestic dispute situation, it is much more likely that she and her baby would have been the ones murdered.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

oh, i forgot...that's how we were playing the game here today. i saw everyone calling me "idiot" and i figured i could play that way as well. sorry. now...i gotta run. i have to go make money so i can buy more bullets and gas for my private jet.

Jeri Michelle Reuter
Jeri Michelle Reuter

Oo, I was just WAITING for Obama to be brought into this...now it's an official conservative argument. I'm going to grab some popcorn and wait for God, economy, and abortion to make their appearances.

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

Steve calling someone else a 'blowhard', priceless.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

oh, boy...here's jeff. this guy is funny. he thinks people that work at burger king should make $15.00 per hour.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

i'm actually pretty smart, mandy. i think you and peg are showing your stupidity by failing to answer a simple question by going on with paragraphs of nonsense rather than simply answering a "yes" or "no" question. believe me...i guarantee i am smarter than you.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

^ but you still can't answer my question, can you, peg? you can spout off lots of liberal agenda, but can't type "yes" or "no" to the simple question of IF she had a gun...would it have been POSSIBLE that she could have shot him before he had a chance to stab her baby? you can answer "no", if you want, but at least answer the question.

Mandy Paris
Mandy Paris

those aren't big words, you're just an idiot

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

lmao. ya...you'e not talking to me at all, huh? lol. wow...what a blowhard.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

^ but you still can't answer my question, can you, peg? you can spout off lots of liberal agenda, but can't type "yes" or "no" to the simple question of IF she had a gun...would it have been POSSIBLE that she could have shot him before he had a chance to stab her baby? you can answer "no", if you want, but at least answer the question.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"Preincident risk factors associated in multivariate analyses with increased risk of intimate partner femicide included perpetrator’s access to a gun " = lmao. look at all those big words.

Peg Keller
Peg Keller

And you missed the part where since they were together, if SHE had a gun that would mean HE had access to the gun too and wouldn't be using the knife on her. This was a couple. She was 9 months pregnant. Even if she kept the gun in a holster on her body, he would know it was there. She was not the one that attacked him, he attacked her meaning he made the move that changed this from a verbal argument to physical violence. He went through the motions of getting the knife from somewhere- he could have just as easily gone through the motions of getting her gun. Why you are not factoring their relationship or the fact that she was 9 months pregnant or the statistics of who gets killed in domestic disputes is beyond me.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

^ but you still can't answer my question, can you, peg? you can spout off lots of liberal agenda, but can't type "yes" or "no" to the simple question of IF she had a gun...would it have been POSSIBLE that she could have shot him before he had a chance to stab her baby? you can answer "no", if you want, but at least answer the question.

Peg Keller
Peg Keller

You can start with these "facts"> In recent years, intimate partner homicides composed only 4% of the murders of men but about one third of the murders of women http://www.sp2.upenn.edu/ortner/docs/sorenson_doc10.pdf 32% of women have a gun used against them in a domestic disturbance while 1.2% of women have used a gun against their partner http://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1082&context=spp_papers Preincident risk factors associated in multivariate analyses with increased risk of intimate partner femicide included perpetrator’s access to a gun http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.93.7.1089 Don't assume that I am automatically anti-gun. I'm not. I just think you're an idiot if you think, in a domestic disturbance situation, that having a gun present when a woman who is 9 months pregnant gets into a violent argument with her partner is better than a knife.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

peg..."yes" or "no"...no liberal rantings...if she had a gun...is it POSSIBLE that she could have shot him before he had a chance to stab her. is it POSSIBLE? "yes" or "no"...why can't you ladies simply answer that question without going off on some irrelevant tangent?

Liz Kaucher
Liz Kaucher

If I am talking to you, I will address you by name.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

i didn't blame the victim for getting stabbed. don't be a moron.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

^ hmmm...did YOU? you must have missed the part where he had a knife...she had nothing. if...just maybe...not for certain...but just MAYBE if she would have had a gun...she could have shot him before he had a chance to stab her and her baby. now...if you can't say "yes" to that possible scenario...then you're in denial.

Liz Kaucher
Liz Kaucher

Of course this is going to turn into a gun debate. It's not like there is anything else to talk about. While we are at it, lets blame the victim for allowing herself to be stabbed. Tough luck, lady. You should have carried a gun. Maybe then you could have prevented all of the crime in the area instead of just laying down and getting yourself stabbed.

Peg Keller
Peg Keller

THIS case was a domestic dispute, Steve, did you even bother to read the story?>

Laura Davis
Laura Davis

Since unicorns aren't real, I'd agree with that.

Peg Keller
Peg Keller

Steve, they were together. They were either family members or they were a couple. That is the legal definition of domestic dispute. If she had a gun, it would mean he automatically had access to it simply by being with her. A man who is angry enough to stab his 9 month pregnant girlfriend or sister and who knows a gun is available will take her gun and shoot her just as easy.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

^ please provide me where you get your "facts" from. i could say "facts" show monkeys are more likely to fly out of my butt than unicorns.

Courtney Cronin
Courtney Cronin

When confronted with facts (women are more likely to be killed in domestic disputes than men, by a huge margin), just call someone a gun-hatin' liberal. That'll show 'em. You better go fire a couple rounds off into the air for good measure.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"Why don't you go look up who typically gets shot in a domestic disputes." umm...we aren't talking about all the other domestic disputes, are we? we are talking about THIS story.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

"Or maybe he would have had the gun" you must have missed the part where it said "he STABBED her." not "shot" her.

jeepster7596
jeepster7596

@Steve Mincer is it possible that SHE had the knife to begin with and he took it from her?

Person
Person

@Steve Mincer

What an utterly stupid non-argument. Here's your own logic, used to prove the exact *opposite* point:

"if he had a gun...is it POSSIBLE that he could have shot her dead instead of just stabbing her. is it POSSIBLE? 'yes' or 'no'..."

See how that works?

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