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6 March 2016, 13:04
Police have charged a man after the stabbing of a pregnant woman in Sutton Coldfield.
Babur Karamat Raja, 41, from Sutton Coldfield,is charged with two counts of attempted murder, attempted child destruction, assault and possession of a knife in a public place.
The baby was born in hospital after a pregnant woman was stabbed in the town on Friday night and left in critical condition.
Police say the baby girl is doing well. The 40-year-old mother is still now in stable condition.
Officers say they were flagged down in Trinity Hill after the woman was left in a critical condition. They were left with minor injuries after stepping in to stop the attack and the woman's family have praised the pair.
Her family said: "We'd all like to express our heartfelt thanks to everybody who helped her on Friday afternoon. Your fearlessness and selfless actions saved both their lives and we are overwhelmingly grateful to you all.
"We have no further comment to make and we'd ask you to respect our privacy at this difficult time."
Just after the stabbing police spoke to reporters at the scene.
Force Incident Manager Julian Harper said: “This happened in a busy area but I would reassure the community that a man has been arrested and we are working hard to understand the circumstances that led up to the assault.
“What is clear at this early stage is that two members of the public bravely stepped into what was a dangerous and volatile situation, with complete disregard for their own safety and I commend them for their actions. Fortunately they suffered only minor injuries.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Cirmestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.