'Hero' Sweetwater Police Officer Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014  |  Updated 7:53 PM EDT
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A Sweetwater police officer praised for saving a child earlier this year was arrested for allegedly biting his wife on the lip. NBC 6's Jamie Guirola reports.

A Sweetwater police officer praised for saving a child earlier this year was arrested for allegedly biting his wife on the lip. NBC 6's Jamie Guirola reports.

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For the second time in as many days, a South Florida cop once hailed as a hero for saving the life of a child has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.

Sweetwater Police Officer Amauris Bastidas was arrested on the Fourth of July on a felony charge of aggravated battery after he and his wife got into an argument. According to the police report, at some point in the argument Officer Bastidas allegedly bit his wife on her upper lip. Police said Bastidas was in uniform and armed on the day of the alleged battery.

Bastidas gained nationwide attention earlier this year when a baby stopped breathing while stuck in traffic on the Dolphin Exrpressway in Miami. The child’s aunt began performing CPR on the child and Officer Bastidas, along with one other person, joined in and helped save the child’s life.

Officer Bastidas performed chest compressions on the child while another person breathed into the child’s mouth to help keep the child alive. The life-saving efforts were caught on camera by a Miami Herald photographer who was driving in traffic.

News of Officer Bastidas’ arrest comes one day after news broke that Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Herrera, Jr. was also arrested for allegedly battering his wife. According to a police report obtained exclusively by NBC 6, Herrera got into a heated argument with his girlfriend in their new apartment and it turned violent when “the defendant grabbed and slammed her against a wall.”

The report goes on to say that, "the victim displayed bruising about her neck and arms and also had a sprained ankle." Herrera was fired by the FHP over the incident.

It's unknown if Officer Bastidas has an attorney. Sweetwater Police said Bastidas has been suspended.

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