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Philadelphia man pleads guilty to assaulting girlfriend in maternity ward over baby's name

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 (http://bit.ly/XDTFpo) 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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Information from: Delaware County Daily Times, http://www.delcotimes.com

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