Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Pepper spray, beating blamed by Occupy Seattle protester for her miscarriage

Jennifer Fox, an Occupy Seattle protester, told the Seattle Stranger, an alternative news weekly, that she suffered a miscarriage she thinks is due to police pepper-spraying and beating her during a Nov. 15 protest.
A woman who gave her name as Jennifer and said she was two months pregnant is rushed to an ambulance after being hit with pepper spray at an Occupy Seattle protest. (Joshua Trujillo/AP)

Images from the protest went viral after photographer Joshua Trujillo captured the injured Fox and 84-year-old Dorli Rainey after they had been hit with pepper spray. Police said they had asked the protesters to move from an intersection, but the protesters did not. The Seattle mayor later apologized to Rainey and said they would investigate whether the police used excessive force on peaceful protests.

Fox was photographed by Trujillo being rushed to receive medical aid. She told the Seattle Stranger that day a doctor performed an ultrasound and said everything was okay. Five days later she started suffering stomach pains and returned to the hospital.

“They diagnosed that I was having a miscarriage,” Fox said. “They said the damage was from the kick and that the pepper spray got to [the fetus], too.”

The Stranger was unable to verify whether the miscarriage happened, though Fox said she would request her medical records as proof.

The Seattle police said they had not been contacted, and beyond that they had no comment on the situation.

By  |  11:21 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Read what others are saying

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company