Man Jailed for Hitting Pregnant Wife on Plane

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A man who repeatedly hit his pregnant wife in the stomach on a flight from Baltimore to Tampa last year was sentence to six months in federal prison.

According to a report by Associated Press, 29-year-old Davide Henry Wysocki II of Palm Harbor, Florida plead guilty to committing assault on an aircraft. Authorities said he threatened to kill his wife and unborn child while onboard an AirTran flight in July 2009.

Previous reports by the St. Petersburg Times and Suncoast News said Wysocki began screaming and cursing at his wife and her two children, ages 9 and 14, when the flight began boarding. Around 15 minutes after the flight took off, he began punching his 8 ½ month pregnant wife in the left side of her stomach. He reportedly also pinched and bit her on the arm, leaving a bruise with teeth marks. Finally, he pulled down her lap belt so hard it left a red mark on her pregnant stomach.

The wife then pressed the call button and requested to be moved to another seat, but Wysocki followed them and continued cursing at the family. After flight attendants asked Wysocki to move back to his seat approximately 10 times, the wife said she would like to press charges against her husband. The captain was alerted and police were waiting at the gate when the plane landed.

At a hearing on Monday, Wysocki "told his wife that he was sorry and that he never meant to hurt her or the baby," reported AP. Wysocki blamed alcohol abuse for the outburst. The baby was born in good health.

The judge hearing the case said Wysocki seemed oblivious to the danger he created for the passengers on the plane and rejected his excuses.

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