Sheriff says pregnant woman may have reached for deputy's gun

The Hunt County Sheriff says a deputy shown in a video apparently striking a pregnant woman may have used force to prevent her from taking his firearm.

Sheriff Randy Meeks acknowledged at a news conference Wednesday that he's not certain Deanna Robinson reached for the weapon. But he says the deputy told investigators that she loosened his ammunition belt in the struggle.

Robinson was 38 weeks pregnant when she was arrested March 4 at her parents' home northeast of Dallas during a child abuse investigation.

Home surveillance video appears to show Robinson pressed stomach-first against a counter, then the deputy raising his arm and striking her. The 38-year-old Robinson is heard on tape screaming, "I'm pregnant!"

The video was later posted online.

When FOX 4 asked the sheriff on Wednesday if the deputy in question told him specifically that Robinson had gone for his gun, the response was no.  
Meeks admitted that he has not spoken to the deputy about the incident, but says internal affairs interviewed him.

Meeks was also asked why Robinson was not charged with trying to take the deputy's weapon if that's what happened. He said the charge is something they are looking at.

"I was nine months pregnant and handcuffed," said Robinson. "The only thing I was trying to do was upright myself. I was struggling with my hands. I wanted to relieve the pressure from my abdomen."

The sheriff disputes that Robinson was handcuffed when she was struck and says the deputy and a Quinlan officer were trying to handcuff her when the video was recording.

"Someone gets your own gun, you can be killed by a pregnant woman just as you could a 16-year-old child," said Meeks.

There are other discrepancies between both sides.

When the officers came to the door, Meeks says they showed Robinson the warrant to take her toddler from the home. However, Robinson claims it was only flashed in a folder and then closed. Documents obtained by FOX 4 on Tuesday detail incidents leading up to Robinson's arrest.

Robinson also said she had bruises from the altercation and wanted them documented by jail staff, but Meeks said the nurse at the jail did not see any.

The name of the deputy involved in the incident is Josh Robinson, who is not related to Deanna Robinson. He reportedly has been with the department for two years.

Meeks says Josh Robinson is on the job with no restrictions while the Texas Rangers pick up the investigation.

Deanna Robinson's attorneys would rather it be the Attorney General's office investigating, though.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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