REDDING, Calif. - An 8 months pregnant Redding woman was attacked and robbed near the Sundial Bridge and forced into premature labor.
18 year old Nicole Vultaggio was walking on the Sacramento River Trail near the Sundial Bridge just after 10 Wednesday night with a friend.
At 37 weeks pregnant, two men randomly punched, choked and kicked her in the stomach to rob her for her purse.
As she was rushed to the hospital, she says she couldn't stop wondering whether or not she would get to be a mom. "I was freaked out that my pregnancy completely ended; that my baby died. I didn't know what to expect. All I wanted to do was hear his heartbeat," she tells us.
Doctors discovered the beating left Vultaggio with a detached placenta and she was forced to undergo an emergency c-section.
Doctors still weren't sure how the beating had affected the baby, but thankfully, Edan Lee Dale Vultaggio was born healthy, weighing in at 6 pounds 5 ounces and 19 inches long.
She tells us "having the baby and knowing that he was safe again was the best feeling ever. That was the most comforting feeling, especially going through all that."
Vultaggio and her new bundle of joy spent the weekend at the hospital. Now, she is home recovering, happy to be surrounded by her loved ones.
Little Edan's entry into the world may have been traumatizing, but Vultaggio says she is moving forward, keeping things positive and focusing on the lessons she learned. She says "I have definitely learned to be more cautious of my surroundings and what time I go places and where I go and who I go with."
She plans on taking self defense classes, going to Shasta College in the fall and focusing on being a mom.
"It's overwhelming, but it's seriously the best feeling ever, you could ever have toward anything and I can't love anything more than him. To go through that situation and then come out of it like this, I definitely consider him my little miracle," Vultaggio says.
The attack is still under investigation and they have still not tracked down the suspects.
Investigators say they are two white males, standing between 6' and 6'2''. They were wearing dark clothes and gloves.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4214 or Shasta County Secret Witness at (530) 243-2319.