Stabbed mother moved out of critical care


A 40-year-old woman whose unborn child was safely delivered after she was repeatedly stabbed in a street attack has been moved from critical care in hospital.

Natalie Queiroz suffered multiple wounds to her abdomen after she was attacked in Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham on Friday shortly after 3.15pm.

A spokesman for the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said: "She has just been moved from critical care to a ward today.

"She remains in a serious but stable condition."

Thebaby was delivered safely on Friday evening and was said to be doing well in hospital.

A 41-year-old man has appeared in court accused of two counts of attempted murder and one charge of attempted child destruction over the incident.

Babur Karamat Raja appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court earlier this week and was remanded in custody to appear at the city's crown court on April 6.

Raja is charged with attacking the child's mother and a passer-by John Mitchell, who suffered a hand injury when he tried to intervene.

He is also charged with assaulting another witness, Anthony Smith, and possession of a knife in a public place during the incident in the Trinity Hill area of the town.

In a statement released through West Midlands Police on Sunday, Ms Queiroz's family praised the "fearlessness" of passers-by who came to her aid.

They said: "We'd all like to express our heartfelt thanks to everybody who helped her on Friday afternoon."