A 21-year old Akron man originally charged with kidnapping and assaulting his pregnant girlfriend is now facing aggravated murder and murder charges.
Tyvon Ward saw the murder charges added to felonious assault counts after the Summit County Medical Examiner determined the 34-week old fetus died from blows Ward allegedly delivered to the girlfriend's abdomen. The mother delivered a stillborn girl.
Ward was originally charged with felonious assault, two counts of domestic violence and child endangering for beating up the girlfriend and his four-year old son, who had tried to protect his mother. Both ended up in the hospital for treatment of facial and stomach injuries.
Medical Examiner's Chief Investigator Gary Guenther tells AkronNews Now " The actual cause of death is abruption of a placenta which was caused by physical trauma that the mother received."
Guenther explains how the fetus was determined to be a viable person under Ohio law. " I believe anything over 20 weeks gestation could possibly be viable. In this particular case the gestational age was determined to be right around 34 weeks."
The additional charges were filed after tissue test results determined how the baby died.