Prosecutors: Woman miscarries in purse robbery attempt

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Charges have been filed against a central New Jersey woman accused of causing a pregnant woman to miscarry.

Margaret Vannell was arrested last month after police say she robbed a pregnant woman in Asbury Park and pulled her to the ground. Police say the women struggled on the ground over a purse.

A criminal complaint states that the fight left the pregnant woman injured and caused her to miscarry.

An aggravated assault charge was filed against the 34-year-old Vannell last week in Asbury Park. Records show that the Jackson woman is being jailed on bail.

Vannell is expected in court next month. It wasn't immediately known if she has an attorney who can comment on the charge.

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