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A 24-year-old Little Rock man is accused of battering his pregnant girlfriend and telling her he hopes her baby dies, authorities said.

Tramel E. James was arrested Monday night on a charge of third-degree domestic battery enhanced to be a Class D felony.

According to Little Rock Police Department reports, James first punched the victim in the face and then kicked her in the leg after becoming "upset about a phone inside a baby bag" while at his girlfriend's home.

Police reported James then told the 22-year-old victim, "I hope your baby dies."

"He then kicked her belly," police wrote, describing the victim as "visibly 5 months pregnant."

Authorities said the victim suffered visible minor injuries and possible internal ones. Her condition wasn't clear Tuesday.

An arrest report said James was arrested shortly after 9:30 p.m. after being pulled over in the 6200 block of Baseline Road.

James, who remained in the Pulaski County jail Tuesday with bail not yet set, is due in court Monday.


Mugshot: Tramel Edward James

Arrest date: July 29, 2014

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  • skeptic1
    July 29, 2014 at 2:04 p.m.

    The fact this was "upgraded" from a misdemeanor to only a D felony, which is the lowest felony in Arkansas and has a maximum sentence of zero to only 6 years, shows how backward and misogynist law enforcement and the legislature is in this state. If he had done this to a stranger he'd have been charged with attempted murder ( on the child) and at least a B felony with a maximum of a 20 year sentence on the battery he inflicted on his wife. Apparently in Arkansas, like sexual abuse on a family member, beating your wife or girlfriend is not such a big deal as long as it's in the family. Shame on Arkansas when is this going to change?

  • Packman
    July 29, 2014 at 2:29 p.m.

    Hey lilith2u - What do you think about the "penalty' the NFL gave Ray Rice for knocking out his girlfriend and dragging her around that Vegas casino? Compare his punishment for cold-cocking a woman with the punishment Richie Incognito (former NFL lineman) received for calling someone a politically incorrect name. Obviously, libs and the NFL think misogyny that results in physical harm is much less of an offense than insulting the GBLTQ gaystapo. Shame on the NFL and libs when it comes to defining what is a "big deal".

  • HM2
    July 29, 2014 at 8:04 p.m.

    Sounds like a two game suspension to me.