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Man assults girlfriend in maternity ward from argument over name for baby

A man has admitted assaulting his girlfriend in the maternity ward of a suburban Philadelphia hospital during an argument over what to name their newborn baby.

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.

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