(Akron) — A 22-year-old Akron man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his girlfriend's unborn baby by punching her in the stomach.

Prosecutors said Tyvon D. Ward of Akron attacked his girlfriend on June 20 after learning that she was pregnant. He first attacked their 4-year-old son before turning on the woman, punching her in the stomach and face.

The woman was hospitalized the next day, and her baby died as a result of the attack. Authorities said that while the woman was in the hospital, Ward and another girlfriend left the critically injured 4-year-old son home alone.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Ward pleaded guilty Monday to murder, felonious assault and endangering children. He won't be eligible for parole for 20 years.

(Summit County Jail booking photo of Tyvon Ward)

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