A woman who was beaten on the head by a love rival with a stiletto-shaped perfume bottle has spoken about the attack for the first time – revealing how she was afraid she would lose her first baby.
Amelia Duckworth, 21, who was six weeks pregnant, was left bloodied and dazed after being assaulted with the trademark Carolina Herrera glass perfume bottle handled by Jessica Baker, who was dating her ex-boyfriend.
Ms Duckworth, who has since given birth safely to a daughter, Bodhi, said: ‘Jessica was absolutely crazy and it was terrifying when she started mistreating me – I really thought she was going to kill me. And later I was afraid I would lose my baby because of the attack.’
The violent attack took place last August in a park in the model village of Poundbury, Dorset, in King Charles.
This Wednesday, Baker pleaded guilty to one count of actual bodily harm and another to possession of an offensive weapon at Bournemouth Crown Court, where she was given a suspended sentence.
In an exclusive conversation with MailOnline, Ms Duckworth said she only found out she was pregnant in the immediate aftermath of the attack – and then feared she might miscarry for weeks afterwards.
Amelia Duckworth (pictured) said she worried for weeks that she would miscarry after being attacked by Jessica Baker, her ex-boyfriend’s new partner
The 21-year-old was left covered in blood and was taken to hospital where she received stitches for a cut between her eyes and glued to her scalp.
This Wednesday, Jessica Baker (pictured out of court) pleaded guilty to one count of actual bodily harm and another to possession of an offensive weapon at Bournemouth Crown Court, where she was given a suspended sentence
She said: ‘I had an emergency scan because I was concerned about the damage I had done to the baby when I fell to the floor after being hit with the bottle.
‘I was afraid I would miscarry as a result of the fall, but luckily there were no problems with the pregnancy.
“However, I had a terrible concussion, which made it all the more difficult to deal with.”
Mrs Duckworth, who was living in Christchurch in Dorset at the time, was visiting her cousin in nearby Poundbury, a village on the outskirts of Dorchester developed by King Charles and the Duchy of Cornwall.
She had been in the town square on August 24, 2021 when she was confronted by Baker, who told her ‘I’m going to put you in it’.
Baker, 20, then took out the perfume bottle and hit her twice on the head and cut her face.
Ms Duckworth was left covered in blood and was taken to hospital where she received stitches before a cut between her eyes and her scalp was glued.
Ms Duckworth said the trouble started when her ex-boyfriend, Dan McCarron (pictured), took offense at comments she made about him on social media
She recalled the moment Baker lunged at her with the bottle and said, “I saw Jessica coming rushing to where I was sitting with my new boyfriend, cousin and boyfriend.
“I felt she was up to something because of her aggressive attitude, so I asked my friend to record her on his cell phone.
“I got up to meet her and as soon as she was near me she pulled the bottle from behind her back and hit me twice on the back of the head with the perfume bottle.
“The second blow knocked me off my feet and I was sent prostrate to the ground. I got up, but she quickly hit me in the face with the bottle.
She yelled ‘try to fight me one more time’ and then ran to where she’d parked her car. It was over in seconds.
“As soon as she hit me the first time, my boyfriend ran to me, but he couldn’t stop her from hitting me again.
Baker (pictured) attacked Mrs Duckworth with a Carolina Herrera signature glass perfume bottle
“He stopped the bleeding from my head with his sweater when my cousin and friend ran after Jessica and tried to get a picture of her license plate.
“They then called the police and an ambulance.
“While I was being treated by the ambulance service, my phone was ringing constantly and I had a lot of missed calls.
“I answered one of the calls and it was Jessica. I think she tried to see how I was doing, but I hung up right away.’
Ms Duckworth said the trouble started when her ex-boyfriend, Dan McCarron, took offense at comments she made about him on social media.
They lived together during the lockdown in 2020, but argued a lot and eventually broke up.
Mr. McCarron then started dating Baker – and she started to get angry about the comments Amelia made about her time with Dan.
Ms Duckworth shared how Baker first contacted her via Instagram and left abusive messages, but the threats got worse.
She said: “Why it bothered her so much I have no idea, but she started posting on my Instagram posts.
“I thought it would eventually stop, but she only got worse and told me she’d come get me at my apartment and work.
Mrs Duckworth has since given birth to a daughter, Bodhi, and credited her for helping her through the aftermath of the attack and subsequent lawsuit
Baker (pictured with friend Dan McCarron) has also become a mother since the attack last August
“She would contact friends — even my younger sister — via Instagram and piss me off and threaten me.
“She got hold of my girlfriend’s phone number and told her she was going to hospitalize me.
“This went on for months. Then, a day before the attack in the park, she somehow got my new phone number and called me.
“She just yelled at me over the phone, I couldn’t get a word in, and she said things like she was going to put ‘diarrhea in my mouth and over my biological father’s grave.’ It was filthy, sick, twisted things like that.
“I had had enough by then, so I told her that if she wanted to speak to me in person, I would be in Poundbury the next day and she should come there.
“She’d always made empty threats beforehand and I didn’t expect her to show up, but she did—and she clearly wasn’t there to talk.”
Ms Duckworth (pictured) shared how Baker first contacted her via Instagram and left abusive messages, but the threats got worse
The vicious attack took place last August in a park in King Charles’ model village of Poundbury, Dorset, (pictured).
Mrs Duckworth said she didn’t come to court because she didn’t want to see her attacker or her old flame.
She was sentenced to 12 months in prison, including two years on probation subject to a two-month curfew between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
She said she believes the judge was lenient on Baker because she too has now become a mother.
Mrs. Duckworth has credited her own daughter, Bodhi, who she has had with her new boyfriend, for helping her through the aftermath of the attack and subsequent lawsuit.
The beauty spa therapist added, “She really calmed me through all of this, distracting my mind from what was going on.
“I never want to see Jessica or Dan again. They have their lives together and I have mine.
“We are both mothers now, I just want to take care of Bodhi and give her the best life possible.”