A pregnant teen and toddler have been taken to a local hospital after a fight broke out this afternoon at Bethel Bishop Apartments in north Columbia.
Police were called to the Ripplemeyer Avenue apartments after 1 p.m. when a caller reported that a large crowd had gathered around two women who were in an argument outside Building 36 in the complex, said Jennifer Timmons, a Columbia Police Department spokeswoman.
The pregnant teen had been arguing with her sister. Witnesses told police the sister repeatedly punched her pregnant sibling in the stomach, causing the juvenile to go into premature labor, Timmons said.
At some point, the sister who had punched her sibling got into a car and drove through a grassy area at the complex, striking a toddler.
The sister, whose name has not been released, was detained by police, who found her in a car at the nearby Colony Apartments, Timmons said. Several people in the crowd also have been detained for interfering with police, Timmons said.
The toddler suffered minor injuries and is expected to be discharged from the hospital today, Timmons said. The pregnant teenager remains hospitalized, Timmons said.
Police are still on the scene trying to sort out the details of what caused the argument and to gather more details on the sequence of events, Timmons said.