Spring Hill woman who is 9 months pregnant jailed on battery charges

SPRING HILL Tanena Taylor is nine months pregnant.

Authorities said she wasn’t overcome with back pain or fatigue Sunday afternoon.

Instead, the “irate” 20-year-old expected mother barged into somebody’s home and attacked her ex-boyfriend and another woman in the house with her fists, a flip-flop and a plastic baby toy, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Taylor was charged with burglary with battery and domestic battery. Because of her advanced pregnancy, she was transported to Spring Hill Regional Hospital before being medically cleared to go to jail, deputies said.

She remained at the Hernando County Jail as of Monday morning, according to arrest records.

The sheriff’s office was called shortly before 4 p.m. to 1447 Kenlake Ave. Deputies said they interviewed Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Matthew Strunk, 23, who is the father of the suspect’s 1-year-old son and her unborn child.

Strunk told the sheriff’s office Taylor lashed out at him because their son was in the same household as Brianna Nutter, 18, whom she doesn’t like, according to an arrest affidavit.

“(Strunk said Taylor) began to hit him with her fists and forced her way into the residence,” wrote Deputy Bradley Oakland in his report.

While inside the house, Taylor punched and struck Nutter with a flip-flop, according to the sheriff’s office.

Taylor forced her way into a back bedroom, grabbed her son, handed him to a friend who put the child in Taylor’s car, deputies said.

Strunk and Nutter went outside, at which time Taylor started hitting her ex-boyfriend with a plastic toy, according to the affidavit.

Strunk suffered injuries to his face, neck, back and chest, Oakland wrote.

Taylor was arrested at the house after deputies arrived.

She told Oakland her ex-boyfriend had attacked her and had purposely held her down until the sheriff’s office arrived, according to the deputy’s report.


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