Airline Passenger Punches Deaf Pregnant Woman, Service Dog

A pregnant deaf woman and her service dog were punched on a Frontier Airlines flight from Colorado to Orlando Thursday. 

According to an incident report from the Orlando Police Department, the woman, Hazel Ramirez, who is 20 weeks pregnant, and her boyfriend, Matthew Silvay who also is also deaf, were traveling with their service dog, a Great Dane named Zariel.

Police say 59-year-old Timothy Manley's wife complained of being allergic to dogs. When the plane landed and taxied to the gate, police say Manley allegedly punched Zariel the dog with a closed fist, causing poor Zariel to yelp.

 

The couple began yelling at Manley, who then punched the pregnant woman, Hazel in the stomach, the report said. The pregnant woman's boyfriend said he tackled Manley and held him on the ground until police arrived.The case has been handed over to the FBI because it happened on an airplane.

 
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