A New York City man is facing charges after killing his pregnant girlfriend during a fight in their Staten Island apartment on Thursday, authorities say.
According to police, Keith Jackson and Bridget Shenk were having a heated argument when Jackson shot Shenk in the chest. Shenk, who was three months pregnant, died at the scene, WPIX 11 reports.
Shenk’s mother, Dorothy McLeod, told the news station that Jackson, who, according to McLeod, was the father of the child, did not want a child.
“She always wanted a child. He didn’t want a child. When they found out she was pregnant, she was so excited. I went with her on Monday to the doctor,” McLeod said.
The grieving mother said that her daughter and Jackson had previously talked about separating and that Shenk “was trying to establish a better life for her child,” and had asked Jackson to move out.
McLeod said that when she spoke to her daughter Wednesday, no issues were mentioned. She also said that the couple had no known instances of domestic violence.
Jackson was taken into custody and was facing charges of murder, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm, according to police.
Read more at WPIX 11.