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Protecting others from the crime of domestic violence

To her credit, Windy Pruitt tried to get out of a domestic crisis, but couldn't escape without violence and running the risk of losing her unborn child.

Her estranged husband, Michael Lamont Pruitt, 29, allegedly forced her automobile off Lindo Avenue Southwest on Thursday, then blasted her with a shotgun.

He was under a court order at the time to stay away from his wife.

If convicted, Mr. Pruitt stands to spend 10 years in prison for a string of violations.

Last year another woman, a Hartselle resident, refused to follow through with kidnapping and assault charges. In 2003, he pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle. In Decatur, he had a charge of failing to appear on a disorderly conduct charge.

Often victims of domestic violence have such low esteem that they think they deserve the abuse and don't prosecute, but they should think about other potential victims.

If the Hartselle woman hadn't done as so many women do in domestic violence cases and dropped the charges, Mr. Pruitt might not have been around last week to be accused of shooting his pregnant wife.

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