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Pregnant mum filmed hitting baby bump with claw hammer is 'forced to leave home'

Heather Thorpe and her family are said to be preparing to leave to escape abuse sparked after the five-second clip was posted online by her former partner

Heather Thorpe with baby Jonathon and (left) the iPhone footage (Pic: South West News)

A heavily pregnant woman who was filmed hitting her bump with a claw hammer ‘to prove how hard her unborn baby was,’ is set to flee her home because of the backlash.

Police said they could take no action after the release of the shocking video, apparently showing Heather Thorpe striking her stomach just weeks before she gave birth to son Jonathon.

Now she and her family are said to be preparing to quit their Birmingham home to escape abuse sparked after the five-second clip was posted online by her former partner, Sean Hanlon

Heather appeared in the Birmingham Mail last week posing with Jonathon in matching Superman and woman outfits to mark his first birthday.

She claimed he was a ‘‘superbaby’’ as he could already read, walk and talk.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said a “thorough” investigation had taken place, but no action was taken.

“A report was received in December 2012 from a member of the public regarding video footage of a pregnant woman self harming,” the spokesman said.

“A thorough investigation was undertaken by police and no criminal offences were found. The matter was referred to local adult and child services.”

The video shows Heather grabbing the steel claw hammer, lifting her top up and seemingly delivering two blows to the side of her stomach.

Mr Hanlon, a security guard from Lea Village, said he was shocked by the incident but claimed when he remonstrated with his then girlfriend she told him to stop ‘over-reacting’.

The couple later separated.

Heather and her family declined to comment when contacted by our journalists.

 

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