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Pregnant woman loses baby after being beaten by two women who wanted cigarettes

By Mason White 1:38 PM May 6, 2014
Lynsey McConnell with fiance Ally Grubb 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
A woman lost her baby and may never be able to become pregnant again after she was attacked over cigarettes.

24-year-old Lynsey McConnell of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, was nine weeks pregnant when she was attacked by two women, who savagely beat her because she refused to give them cigarettes.

McConnell was confronted by Cheryl Henderson, 27, and Kelly Vanbeck, 29. They demanded she hand over
her cigarettes.

McConnell responded that she does not smoke. The pair however, saw a pack of smokes in her pocket.

The women then began beating McConnell. They grabbed her purse and demanded the pin number to her bank card. When McConnell explained that she did not remember the password the women began kicking her.

“I pleaded with them, saying I was pregnant, hoping they would leave me alone and begged them not to hurt my baby. However, as soon as I said that I was pregnant, they began kicking me in the stomach and the pain just erupted,” McConnell said.

A passing cyclist came to McConnell’s aid and helped her escape the attack. However, her unborn baby did not survive the attack.

Doctors told the woman and her fiance, Ally Grubb, 36, that she may never be able to get pregnant naturally and that fertility treatments might help her conceive.

Henderson and Vanbeck pleaded guilty to assault and robbery. They were both jailed.

Henderson was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months in prison, while Vanbeck was sentenced to 2 years and 3 months in prison.