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"3 Arrested at Mass. Baby Shower Brawl"

A baby shower erupted into a fight among guests in which one man was shot and several other people, including the seven-months-pregnant guest of honor, were beaten with a stick, police say.

Three people were arrested after the brawl, described by police as a "baby shower gone bad."

Police said the shooting victim, Aristotle Garcia, got into a fight with a man who is dating his ex-girlfriend. The argument, over whether the woman let their 5-year-old daughter drink beer, escalated and drew in two other people — Jazz Rivas and Juan Velazquez, said Police Lt. Cheryl C. Claprood.

When the baby shower's hostess tried to intervene, Rivas began hitting some of the guests, including the 22-year-old mother-to-be, with a large stick, she said.

Velazquez fired a gun in the air, then fired it into the crowd, hitting Garcia in the stomach, according to police. Garcia, 26, was in stable condition at Baystate Medical Center. The mother-to-be was treated after the incident Saturday and released.

Velazquez, 19, was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, armed assault with intent to murder. He had not yet been arraigned as of Wednesday morning.

The man Garcia was initially fighting with, Antonio Santiago, 25, pleaded innocent to similar charges on Tuesday and was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Rivas, 22, pleaded innocent to three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of assault and battery on a pregnant female. His bail was set at $10,000.

Wed. Apr 5, 3:07pm

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This would only be funny if they had been fighting over who got the chocolates! As is, it's sad.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006, 3:21 PM

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even worse - DWI while preggers news

Pregnant Mahopac woman accused of DWI

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SOMERS — A pregnant woman, whom police stopped on suspicion of drunken driving, was so intoxicated that she couldn't stand outside her car to perform a field-sobriety test, state police said yesterday.

Annmarie D. Ayers, 32, who is seven months pregnant, was "very incoherent" on Monday shortly before midnight when Troopers Thomas Libretti and Carlo Verardi of the Somers barracks saw her trying to drive a 1990 Chevrolet out of the Exxon gas station on Route 100, just south of the barracks, about noon Monday, police said.

In fact, the troopers noticed right away that she was in no condition to drive, Sgt. Joseph Lutz said. "They pulled her right over," Lutz said.

What they discovered was that Ayers, of 73 Myrtle Ave., Mahopac, had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and an open bottle of vodka in the car, police said. Because she was unable to perform field-sobriety tests, such as standing on one leg or walking a straight line, troopers brought her back to the barracks to test her blood-alcohol content.

Police said it was 0.31 percent — nearly four times the legal limit for the intoxication charge.

Ayers was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and having an open container of alcohol in the car, a violation. She is scheduled to appear at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Somers Town Court. She could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Ayers' arrest comes less than a month after Putnam County deputies charged a 49-year-old Brewster woman with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated with her minor son in the car. Roseann Lockwood of Village Drive, Brewster, also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, after police stopped her March 8. Her case is pending in Brewster.

Drinking during pregnancy can cause serious harm to the fetus, according to neonatal experts. The greatest damage can occur during the first trimester, when there can be malformations in brain and organ development, said Dr. Edmund LaGamma, chief of the regional neonatal center at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. At seven months, excessive drinking can affect the sensory system, causing shallow breathing and low blood pressure.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006, 3:22 PM

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Women who drink when they are pregnant should be arrested for reckless endangerment

Wednesday, April 05, 2006, 5:18 PM

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Was she conscious??

Wednesday, April 05, 2006, 5:32 PM

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