Created on Tuesday, 14 January 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A 22-year-old northeast Ohio man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for killing his girlfriend's unborn baby by punching her in the stomach.
Tyvon D. Ward of Akron attacked his girlfriend on June 20 after learning that she was 34 weeks pregnant, prosecutors said. He attacked their 4-year-old son, throwing him around the room. A few hours later he assaulted the girlfriend, punching her in the stomach and face.
The woman was hospitalized the next day, and her baby died as a result of the attack, according to the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1gE9qIE ). Authorities said that while the woman was in the hospital, Ward and another girlfriend left the critically injured 4-year-old son home alone.
When Akron police went to Ward's home to question him about his girlfriend's injuries, they discovered the boy home alone lying on the carpet. The child was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with fractures to the face from the previous day's attack.
Ward pleaded guilty to murder, felonious assault and endangering children. Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Ward to life in prison without possibility of parole for 20 years.