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Man admits he assaulted pregnant girlfriend

A Superior man who stomped on his pregnant girlfriend's stomach will spend six months in jail.

Monday in Douglas County Circuit Court, Tracy KirPatrick Humbert, 35, pleaded no contest to one felony count of aggravated battery and one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer.

He was sentenced to three years probation and six months in jail with Huber work release for work and work search.

During probation, Humbert must undergo chemical dependency and domestic violence evaluations and follow recommendations, provide a DNA sample, continue mental health counseling if recommended and pay more than $600 in fines and surcharges.

Humbert's girlfriend testified that he came home drunk the evening of March 27 with white powder coming out of his nose. When he saw that she had started packing his clothes, Humbert got mad and pushed her. The woman bounced off the bed and landed on the floor. He then kicked her stomach three times while wearing tennis shoes.

"He stomped on my stomach," the woman testified. "I told him, I said, 'You're going to kill your kid.'" He said he didn't care, she testified.

The woman was able to escape the apartment after she bit Humbert's hand and punched him in the eye.

Dr. Conrad Hanstein, an emergency room physician at St. Mary's Hospital of Superior, testified that the incident caused a possible placental abruption -- where the placenta, which carries nutrients to the fetus, separates from the uterus wall.

"I advised her there was a danger she may miscarry," Hanstein testified, but it was also possible the pregnancy would go to term. He said based on ultrasound results, there was some risk to the fetus.

As a condition of his probation, Humbert was ordered to have no violent or abusive contact with the victim.

Judge Michael Lucci gave the Superior man incentive to stick to the conditions of his probation: A four-year prison sentence was imposed and stayed. If Humbert's probation is revoked, that sentence automatically begins. He would serve two years of initial confinement and two years on extended supervision.