SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Tragedy struck just outside of White County after an expecting mother lost her unborn child after she was run over by a car, which authorities said was driven by her boyfriend.
As of THV11's last check, 30-year old-Stephanie Jones, of Searcy, was listed in satisfactory condition at White County Medical Center. That basically means that she's conscious, and her vital signs are stable.
Meanwhile, her boyfriend, 30-year-old Robert Jones, of Searcy, faces charges of DWI, domestic battery and negligent homicide.
"Really you couldn't hear nothing--just seeing all the lights," William Harlan said as he recalled a few nights ago when authorities swarmed his neighborhood along Nicholson Road near Searcy. "When I came outside, they were lined up on both sides of the street."
White County authorities responded to a home for a pregnant woman struck by a car. The victim was Stephanie Jones. Authorities said her boyfriend, Robert Jones, was driving the car Wednesday night with her as the passenger when a domestic dispute boiled over.
"The female was ejected from the vehicle, after which she was unfortunately run over by the vehicle and transported to the hospital for her injuries," said Chief Deputy Phillip Miller.
Chief Deputy Miller said that it's not clear yet if Jones pushed his girlfriend out of the car; that's still under investigation. But, Miller said the woman's baby didn't make it.
"I believe it was around 20-plus weeks," Chief Deputy Miller said.
Authorities arrested Robert Jones and said he failed a breathalyzer test after his arrest. Miller said that despite the severity of what happened, it doesn't appear this was intentional.
"He's not a violent person. I don't think this incident was a violent incident. I think it was just a very tragic accident," Chief Deputy Miller said.
"It's really sad," Harlan added. "I hate to hear that for anyone. It's hard enough to lose one without it being circumstances like that."
Authorities are also still investigating what sparked the dispute between the couple and can't say right now if the boyfriend was the father of the unborn child.
Chief Deputy Miller said that Robert Jones went before a judge Thursday and was able post bond. Jones returns to court on July 2.
Deputy Chief Miller said he can't recall any previous domestic calls for this couple, but he did say the suspect had some minor offenses in the past.