Man Arrested for Violently Killing Pregnant Girlfriend While She Called for Help

A man in Florida is accused of the most heinous of crimes -- killing his pregnant girlfriend with a machete. The woman, Horacia Simeus, was reportedly three months pregnant with her 24-year-old boyfriend Youvens Madeus's baby. But the couple had long had a rocky relationship, with Madeus being accused by friends and family of being abusive. "He was just a jerk and abusive," the manager of the KFC where Simeus worked told a local media outlet, WPBF. "The whole family told her to leave him and she didn't do it."

The two reportedly got into an argument while she was on the phone trying to get help from a victim services advocate when Madeus allegedly armed himself with the machete and brutally turned on her. According to police, he struck her once and killed her.

While this story is particularly gruesome, unfortunately domestic violence that ends in murder is all too common. According to one study, at least 1,500 women are killed every year by their husbands or boyfriends. Statistically, women are in even more danger when they become pregnant. Sadly, however, women often believe that a pregnancy will keep them safer. (Men are victims of domestic violence as well, with 1 in 4 men having experienced rape, abuse, or stalking by an intimate partner. But women are still the vast majority of domestic violence victims.)

The abuse cycle is a complex one, and I certainly can't explain all the dynamics that go into it here. But women often don't leave for a variety of reasons. They are afraid. They are not financially capable of it. They love their abuser when he's not abusing. They grew up in abusive households and this is what they think love is. The list goes on and on.

However, experts are in agreement that leaving an abuser is one of the most dangerous times. Women must plan it very carefully. Calling for help in front of your abuser is not a wise idea. This is NOT to blame the victim; I'm sure she just needed help and didn't know what to do. But if you are in an abusive situation, please be aware that you need to plan an escape very carefully.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and needs help, please visit The National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233.

Have you or someone you love ever been in a violent situation with an intimate partner?

Image via Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

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mamat... mamatam79

Love this site but would like to hear more about the stories instead of the writers opinions and statistics. Js

Mopsy... MopsyTheBunny

Yeah, heaven forbid the writer should try to give help to women who may be in a similar, terrible situation.

nonmember avatar californiadream

mamatam79- if that's what you want then go read actual news websites!!

nonmember avatar Rain

And the culprit is black, what a surprise.

Austi... Austinsmommy12

^^ I'm as white as they come, live in a backwoods racist town where there's still an active KKK, and even I find that comment extremely offensive. Race has nothing to do with domestic violence. The guy needs killed with a machete as well, IMO, and make it slow and painful. It's easy to say she should've left, but nobody knows what was going through her head or how brainwashed she was.

Anoth... AnotherKim

WTF Rain! You're f-ing twisted. You think white men don't abuse and kill they're partners? Think again.

nonmember avatar Becca

Rain what you said is ignorant. Race doesn't define who is an abuser, they come in all shapes, sizes & colors. I was in a 7 year relationship where I was emotionally abused then turned physical. I was punched, choked, had my head split open etc. A lot of times we hope they'll change or we're blinded by love.

aygon... aygonzales

I have seen abusers that are white black brown male and female. It's about power not race not sex. You are ignorant tho comment otherwise.

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