A video of the incident appears to show a deputy striking Robinson. She also appears to be shoved into a kitchen counter.
“I’m 38 weeks pregnant, and with my stomach, you know, again repeatedly pressed into that counter, and with my 18-month old son watching his mother be assaulted,” Robinson told WFAA.
Robinson was jailed for a few days, according to WFAA, and has since been released. She spoke with the station on Monday at her attorneys’ office. The alleged incident happened in Quinlan, which is about 42 miles from Dallas.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said he would look into the matter.
“I have become aware of an internet allegation accusing one of my deputies of improper actions,” Meeks said in the statement. “I have initiated an administrative investigation to determine if any policy violations occurred. Public confidence and trust in the Sheriff’s Office is a high priority for me and we take all allegations of misconduct seriously.
“We will allow the investigation to run its course in a manner which is fair to all concerned and we will make no assumptions or guesses until all facts are determined.”
Meeks has asked that the Texas Rangers conduct an independent investigation as well, he said in a press release Wednesday. He noted that neither Robinson nor her attorneys had filed a formal complaint yet.
Robinson’s son was born in March, WFAA reported, and is being cared for by Robinson’s parents. Her toddler, whom the officers were at the home to pick up, was temporarily placed in the care of child protective services, the station reported.
WFAA reports that officers arrived at the home following an alleged domestic incident involving Robinson and her husband. Robinson told the station that the couple had a heated exchange a few days before the confrontation with authorities.
She said that she was holding her toddler during the fight — in which shoves were exchanged — and her stepson later mentioned it to a teacher. That teacher reported the incident.
In the Facebook post, Meeks said that “additional information will be released as appropriate and the results of our investigation will be made public upon conclusion.”
[This post has been updated.]