Woman who recently lost child claims police abuse

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PEVELY, MO (KTVI)-- The Pevely Police Department is investigating a complaint of police brutality.  19-year-old Kayla Conway claims an officer slammed her face on a carpeted apartment floor last week.

"He grabbed me by the back of the head and just slammed me on the ground," said Conway.   She claims the officer then dragged her face on the carpet before handcuffing her.

Conway wanted to go in an ambulance with her boyfriend.   He had overdosed following the recent loss of their child.  Conway went into labor six months into her pregnancy.  Her boyfriend was passed out in an apartment bathroom while paramedics carried him away.

"I was worried about him," said Conway.   "I didn`t really want anything to happen to him because my son just passed away, and I didn`t want my boyfriend to die too."

Police confirm a complaint has been filed.  The police chief said he could not comment because of the investigation.  He did say there are times when a person is not allowed to be with a loved one inside an ambulance.  He said one of those scenarios is when a crime had been committed.  He said another factor can besafety.

Conway admits she was freaking out over her boyfriend`s situation but believes police went too far.

"I think I was as calm as I could be in that situation," said Conway.

She said police took her to a holding cell and arrested her on charges of resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.  She hopes the investigation will lead to those charges being dropped.