Attack Sends Pregnant Woman into Labor

The victim speaks only to NBC10 about the frightening assault.

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    An Upper Chichester woman delivers her premature baby after she's attacked in her apartment. Police say a man pretending to deliver her pizza made his way into her apartment and beat her. (Published Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012)

    A Delaware County woman is recovering at home; her newborn baby is in the hospital after arriving under the most difficult of circumstances.

    Lauren Sheeky of Upper Chichester Township wasn’t due until late March. But she went into labor on February 23rd after a struggle with a man who was allegedly trying to force his way into her apartment on the 2800 block of Chichester Avenue.

    Sheeky said she let the man in, believing he was delivering a pizza she’d ordered.

    "I said, 'are you the pizza man?' And he said, 'yes, I'm pizza man.' The next thing I know, I opened the door, and he pushed and said ‘I’m not the pizza man’.”

    Sheeky said she fell, then rolled down a flight of steps.

    Her neighbors called police and the suspect, Matthew Jackson-Winns was arrested within minutes.  According to police, Jackson-Winns is homeless and was recently released from jail for disorderly conduct.

    Sheeky says she felt fine at first, but went into labor a couple of hours after the attack.  She also suffered a fractured foot. Daniel Robert, Junior arrived prematurely, weighing 5 pounds, 18 ounces. Mom is relieved her baby is OK.

    “I just hope that this guy understands what he did to my family" Sheeky said.