Defendant sentenced in DV assault against new mom

A 23-year-old male recently confessed to punching the mother of his newborn baby at a Philadelphia medical facility. The January 2012 domestic assault incident occurred as they reportedly argued over naming their infant while his girlfriend was in the maternity ward; the suspect pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for the occurrence.

According to court documents, law enforcement personnel investigated the defendant after a domestic disturbance call from the hospital. The new mother claimed that the couple was arguing over the infant's name. The defendant kicked a table toward her. As he held the baby, he pushed the mother, and she fell. He placed the infant in a crib but continued to call the mother names, and he struck the mother in the face twice.

A judge has ordered the defendant to serve eight to 23 months in custody in addition to finishing a domestic violence counseling program. The man may have no offensive contact with the woman and must complete 96 hours of community service. The district attorney expressed his indignation at the father's actions toward the woman who had just given birth to their child and said that the time in custody is fully justified. The defense attorney said that the man is sorry for his actions and has accepted responsibility for his choices.

Police noticed swelling and discoloration near her eye, which are indicative of punching. The guilty plea means that the defendant admits that he attempted to physically harm another person.

Life-changing events, such as the birth of a baby, can cause someone to uncharacteristically react in the heat of the moment, which can even lead to violence. If the defendant does not have a prior criminal history, a criminal defense attorney might be able to argue for a reduced sentence or mitigate the penalties.

Source: ABC 27, "Pa. dad admits maternity ward girlfriend assault," Feb. 13, 2013

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