A Los Angeles woman is in custody for attempting to kill her ex-boyfriend’s pregnant girlfriend by running her over, killing the unborn child, police said.

Monica Mercado, 27, turned herself in at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton station Sunday, hours after she allegedly used her sport utility vehicle to strike a 24-year-old woman who was dating her ex-boyfriend, police said.

Witnesses told authorities that Mercado and the woman, who was seven months’ pregnant, got into an argument Sunday morning. Mercado struck the woman with her Range Rover near the intersection of East 102nd Street and Towne Avenue in South Los Angeles about 10:30 a.m., “causing her serious injuries and the death of her unborn child,” according to an LAPD news release.

Mercado is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail and “charges are pending for the death of the unborn infant,” according to the release. Police said the 24-year-old woman carrying the child was hospitalized in stable condition.


-- Ari B. Bloomekatz