SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A pregnant woman ends up in the hospital after a burglary turned violent at her College Area home.
Police reported that the woman was home alone when she found a burglar in her garage. The man began beating the woman, who is pregnant, until her dog intervened and the suspect ran off.
The victim told News 8 that she believes this stranger's intent was to sexually assault her, but he was thwarted when her shepherd came to her rescue.
"To be alone and attacked in my own home is really scary. It makes it really hard to sleep at night," said Sarah Day.
The 26-year-old was alone Friday night with her 10-month-old daughter at their home when her Australian Shepherd began to howl.
"I came out to the garage to smoke a quick cigarette and get my dog and bring her inside," noted Day.
The mother of two, who is also 12 weeks pregnant, had no idea that a stranger was waiting for her, lurking behind a boat. Day said that as she reached for her lighter, the man struck her in the back of her head and then continued his assault.
"Hit me three more times with a blunt metal object across my forehead. Hit me once in the face, in the eye. I fell backwards on my tailbone," she explained. "And he proceeded to kick me in the side. I curled up in a fetal position to protect my baby."
Day says her assailant then verbally attacked her as well:
"He grabbed me in the face and called me a slut and a whore, and told me he would be back."
Day said her shepherd pup then came to her rescue, chasing off the man who fled out a back door and may have leapt over a fence to get away.
Day describes her attacker as a clean-cut Hispanic man in his mid-30s, 5'11", about 190 pounds with a medium build, wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans.
She believes Friday night's assault is connected to a series of threatening text messages she's received over the past month, although who's sending them remains a mystery.
"It's better off I don't ever find him."
Day's husband, a Marine, said he will do whatever he can to protect his wife:
"I'm gonna lose a lot of sleep. My dogs will never be locked up."
And his unborn child.
"He had better be hoping and praying that there's nothing wrong with this baby," Day's husband continued.
The victim was taken to Alvarado Hospital Friday night. She suffered bruises on her face, a fractured rib and tailbone. She said her unborn baby appears to be okay, and she is having an ultra-sound on Monday to make sure the fetus was not injured.
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