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Deputies: Baby dies after man beats pregnant woman

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Michael Ellenburg (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Michael Ellenburg (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said an Inman man was accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend and killing the unborn baby.

Spartanburg County deputies said they were called to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center to speak with a woman who had been beaten up.

Elizabeth Storey, told deputies that her boyfriend, 21-year-old Michael Ellenburg, was upset when she returned home late about 3 a.m. after spending time with friends. She said he ran towards her, punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground.

"Yeah, it's healing, it's getting better," Storey said.

As the woman lay on the ground, Ellenburg continued to punch her in the face and kneed her in the stomach, deputies said.

"I mean, it's hard for me to talk about it because it was our baby, but I know he didn't mean to," Storey said. "People look and say that he meant it and he did something wrong and he's a murderer. He isn't a murderer, he didn't mean to."

Deputies said Ellenburg knew the victim was 10-and-a-half weeks pregnant, and they have two other children together. Before investigators left the hospital, they learned the baby died.

Ellenburg was arrested and charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence and later released on a $10,000 bond.

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