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Man Accused of Choking Out the Mother of His Infant Child

LaGrange Police have arrested a local man on domestic violence charges after he allegedly choked out the mother of his infant child causing her to pass out.

Thursday afternoon at about 4:28 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the 1100 block of First Avenue in reference to a domestic disturbance where a female had reportedly been choked unconscious by a male.

While en route, police were advised that the complainant had locked herself in a bedroom and the male suspect, Demond Deandrea Harris, was leaving on foot with a five-monthold infant.

Police arrived in the area and found Harris pushing a baby stroller along Forrest Avenue headed toward Park Avenue.

Harris was then immediately taken into custody for an active Failure to Appear warrant out of Meriwether County.

Harris told police that he had gone to the complainant’s residence to pick up his five-month-old son that they have together. He stated they later began arguing and she shoved him, so he shoved her back.

Harris initially stated that he never choked nor hit the female, but moments later he admitted to having grabbed her by the throat during the altercation.

The mother of the child later arrived to pick up the baby and police say she was obviously physically struggling to talk and having trouble taking deep breaths. She told police that Harris choked her until she passed out.

Upon inspecting the female’s neck, officers observed visible injuries to the sides of her throat that were consistent with her story.

The victim later explained that she was sitting on the bed holding her infant son when Harris took his right arm and secured it tightly around her neck, choking her until she passed out. She stated she later regained consciousness and ran to the window and punched it trying to get someone’s attention because she could not yell at the time from the pain.

The victim was then able to get help from her 11- year-old niece and her mother, who called police. As a result, Harris, age 39, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Aggravated Assault – Family Violence Act, and two counts of Third Degree Cruelty to Children.

Harris is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.