A pregnant Akron woman delivered a stillborn child after police said she was punched repeatedly in the abdomen during a quarrel with her live-in boyfriend, police said.
Tyvon Ward, 21, is also accused of assaulting his 4-year-old son after the boy tried to stop Ward from assaulting his mother, whose pregnancy was in its third trimester, police said.
Ward was being held in the Summit County Jail on charges of felonious assault, domestic violence and child endangering. Bond was set at $200,000 after he appeared in Akron Municipal Court.
Ward had eluded police for more than a year after an arrest warrant was issued in May 2012, court records show. He was wanted on a probation violation in Summit County following his conviction in 2011 on a charge of aggravated assault.
Ward’s attorney, Donald Walker, could not be reached for comment.
In his latest brush with the law, police said an argument between Ward and the woman began about 1 a.m. Thursday inside their East Emerling Avenue apartment.
Police said the 5-foot-6, 140-pound man hit his girlfriend several times in the face and abdomen. The couple’s son tried to stop the assault, police said, but wound up being hit.
The woman was taken to Akron City Hospital where she went into labor and delivered the stillborn infant. She was also treated for a number of facial injuries, police said.
According to police, another arrest warrant was issued for Ward last week after he was accused of threatening to kill the uncle of his girlfriend.
A report shows that the uncle, 46, traveled from his Columbus home to the couple’s apartment on June 16 out of concerns that Ward was “beating on” his niece.
At some point during the visit, according to the report, Ward became enraged and threatened to the shoot the man. Ward also used a bat to threaten the uncle.
A warrant of aggravated menacing was issued, but Ward was not arrested until Thursday, when he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend.
Ward was also arrested in November 2011 on a domestic violence charge, court records show. The case was dismissed a month later.
Additional charges stemming from the latest incident are possible once the case is reviewed by a Summit County grand jury. Ward is scheduled to appear July 12 for a pretrial hearing.