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Sheriff: Woman Flees Home with Child, Tells Police Boyfriend Choked Her

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office provided the following information. It does not indicate a conviction.

Authorities say they have arrested a 21-year-old Southeast man following an alleged incident with his girlfriend that left the woman hiding with her young son.

The defendant, a Farm to Market Road resident, is facing several misdemeanors following the June 9 dispute, according to the . 

"At 3:49 a.m., Deputy Sheriffs Brian Reilly and Thomas Lee responded to a 911 report of a female subject banging on the front door of a residence on Route 312 in the Town of Southeast," police said in the statement. "Upon arrival, the deputies encountered a distraught young woman and her young son. The woman told the deputies that her live-in boyfriend ... had choked her, thrown her to the floor, forced her to sit in a chair, prevented her from leaving the residence and told her that he would choke her again if she tried to leave."

Officials said the woman told them that she was able to leave the home and hide for two hours near the , "while observing [the defendant] search for her."

"The woman finally fled with her son to the Route 312 residence in search of assistance," the release states, adding that the woman told the deputies she feared the defendant "would kill her if he found her."

The ambulance transported the woman—who complained of neck pain—and her son to Putnam Hospital Center.

Authorities say Deputy Sheriff Frederick Mark, who was searching the area for the suspect, located him on Farm to Market Road and took the man into custody.

Police charged the defendant with the following: criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation; unlawful imprisonment in the second degree; menacing in the third degree; and criminal mischief in the fourth degree.

Officials say the incident was referred to Putnam County Child Protective Services.

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