HOOVER, Ala. (March 16, 2016) — A search for a man Hoover police say attacked his ex-girlfriend, leaving her seriously injured and killing her unborn baby ended early this morning.
Christopher Ammons Kemp, 29, was arrested early today, not long after Hoover police named him as a suspect in the attack. Birmingham police and an investigator with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office took Kemp into custody about 1:30 a.m. in the Center Point area.
Hoover police were dispatched at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday to a report of an assault on Larkspur Drive. Capt. Gregg Rector said the 28-year-old female victim was found walking near the roadway. She appeared to have significant injuries.
The woman was treated on the scene and then taken to UAB Hospital by a Hoover Fire Department rescue unit. The victim, whose name police haven't released, was able to communicate with officers and told them she was about seven months pregnant. Detectives learned late Tuesday the baby didn't survive. The woman had been beaten.
The victim identified her attacker as Kemp, her ex-boyfriend.
"We don't yet know what prompted this brutal attack but it's just sickening,'' Rector said. "It really takes a special kind of evil to carry out a crime such as this."
"This innocent victim had previously been in a relationship with the suspect and he was clearly aware of the fact that she was pregnant,'' Rector had said before Kemp's arrest.. "This monster will be caught."
Kemp is being held in the Hoover City Jail awaiting formal charges, at which time he will be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail.