A man has been jailed after punching his girlfriend in the stomach and telling her he wished he hadn't got her pregnant.
London's Daily Mail reports that a medical examination the day after revealed the baby had died.
In the Colchester Magistrates Court this week, Ryan Guntrip, 21, was sentenced to 16 weeks jail but prosecutors could not prove he was responsible for the miscarriage.
Guntrip and his girlfriend Carina MacKay had been arguing at her home in Clacton, Essex, where he was staying on June 18, the court was told.
The court was told that he flew into a rage, told her he wished he'd never got her pregnant and punched her in the stomach.
He also put his arms on her shoulders to move her out of the way, the court heard.
The next morning Ms MacKay noticed she was bleeding and went for tests, which revealed the baby was dead, according to the Daily Mail.
The court heard she was in the early stages of pregnancy and medics could not be certain what caused the baby's death.
Sentencing Guntrip, district judge John Woollard said: "You have an appalling record of violence. I'm not sentencing you for the tragic consequences.
"The crown has decided it can't prove what caused it, but you did punch a woman in the stomach when she was expecting a child."
Outside court Ms MacKay said she was angry at the light sentence.
"In my eyes, he deserved a lot longer," she said.
She said the couple had been on the verge of breaking up when Guntrip attacked her.
"He was really drunk and was throwing things around the room in our flat," she said. "I had told him that I did not want to be with him anymore and it was then that he punched me in the stomach.
"It was a single punch - his arm was against his waist and then he threw it forward and I felt a sharp, shooting pain and then it subsided.
"He was saying he regretted getting me pregnant - I did not know what was going through his mind but I was so scared."
The following morning she said she noticed she was bleeding and a hospital scan revealed her baby had died.
It was eight weeks and five days old.
Ms McKay said her relationship with Guntrip had deteriorated when he began to drink heavily.
"I just hope that by speaking out, it will mean that other girls won't end up in the same situation that I was in," she said. "I have moved on with my life now, but I know there are other people who are in abusive relationships and they should get help as soon as they can."