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Pregnant mother brutally assaulted in McMinnville

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (KOIN) -- A pregnant mother of three was brutally attacked early Saturday morning in front of her McMinnville home.

Her ex-husband told KOIN 6 News she was assaulted as she arrived home from work around 2:45 a.m. -- just a day before Mother's Day. McMinnville police confirmed the assault happened, but didn't provide any other details. However, the woman's ex-husband said she was getting things out of her car when someone came up from behind, attacked her and then stole her purse. 

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The 34-year-old woman reportedly ran to several houses for help before her neighbor across the street called 911. She was then airlifted to a local hospital. According to the woman's ex-husband, she's now out of the ICU, but remains in the hospital and has a long road to recovery.

People who know the woman well are shocked about the attack.

Kristin Schofield is the co-owner of Harvest Fresh, a grocery store and deli where the victim used to work. She said the woman is a big part of the community.

"She's a wonderful person," Schofield told KOIN 6 News. "She doesn't deserve this, nobody does, and we wish the best for her."

Schofield added that they're going to start a Harvest Fresh fund to help the mother of three with her medical bills.

"We just love her. Everybody loves her here," she said.

The person(s) responsible for the attack is still at large. It's unclear if the attack was random or personal. If you have any idea about who might have done this, you're asked to contact McMinnville police.

The family of the victim asked KOIN 6 News not to use her name in fear for her safety.


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