- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island man accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend so severely that her baby girl had to be delivered early has pleaded not guilty.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1WIWLKx ) Mohammed Proctor entered the plea Thursday at his arraignment on a seven-count indictment of assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child.

His attorney couldn’t be reached for comment.

Prosecutors say Proctor punched his 32-year-old girlfriend repeatedly and attempted to strangle her during an Aug. 3 confrontation in his Flanders home. The victim was 7 ½ months pregnant.

Officials say the woman suffered two broken ribs. Her daughter was delivered by Cesarean section and remains hospitalized at Stony Brook University Hospital.

The district attorney’s office issued orders of protection for the victim and the couple’s 19-month-old son.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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