Family divided after daughter accuses father of causing her miscarriage

COLUMBUS (WCMH)– A family says it’s been torn apart after a daughter claimed her father punched her in the stomach and caused her miscarriage.

Carlos Jenkins posted bond Monday after two nights in jail. His 20-year-old daughter told police he assaulted her, terminating his pregnancy. Jenkins is facing felony charges, but claims Dejara told him earlier in the day she learned she had a miscarriage.

“I am innocent,” he told NBC4 on Monday night. “Everyone has portrayed me to be a monster.”

Two of Dejara’s four siblings told NBC4 her father did not harm her. He did admit they had a disagreement about her boyfriend potentially moving into their home.

Dejara could not be reached for comment. Her family believes she’s in the hospital, but they haven’t spoke to her since Saturday. They also say she suffers from mental illness.

Dejara’s mother said her daughter should face charges for lying about the alleged incident. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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