Phila. man admits assaulting girlfriend over baby's name

February 15, 2013 5:16:28 PM PST
A man has admitted assaulting his girlfriend in the maternity ward of a Lower Merion hospital in argument over their newborn's name.

Twenty-three-year-old Richard Lavon Davis Jr. of Philadelphia pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault in connection with the January 2012 incident at Lankenau Hospital in Lower Merion.

The Delaware County Daily Times reported Friday that Montgomery County Judge Joseph Smyth sentenced Davis to eight to 23 months in the county jail and ordered him to complete a domestic violence counseling program.

Assistant District Attorney Wallis Brooks says it's outrageous that a new father would push and punch a defenseless woman recovering from childbirth over the name of their baby.

Defense lawyer Gregory Nester says his client is remorseful.

Information from: Delaware County Daily Times