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Life in prison for Akron father who beat 4-year-old son and pregnant girlfriend, killing unborn baby

Beacon Journal staff report

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An Akron man pleaded guilty Monday to murder and other charges for attacking his girlfriend and their 4-year-old son in June after learning the woman was pregnant again.

Tyvon D. Ward, 22, of East Emerling Street, pleaded guilty to murder, felonious assault and endangering children. Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Ward to life in prison.

Authorities say the case stems from a violent rampage on June 20 when Ward learned that one of his girlfriends was 34 weeks pregnant.

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 next day the woman was in pain and began bleeding. The baby died as a result of the attack.

Authorities say while the woman was in the hospital, Ward and another girlfriend left the severely 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 Akron Children’s Hospital, where he was diagnosed with fractures to the face from the previous day’s attack.

Ward will first be eligible for parole in 20 years.


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