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Fort McCoy man charged with strangling pregnant woman

Sir Charles Anthony

A Fort McCoy man arrested in August 2018 on battery charges is back in the Marion County Jail after he allegedly strangled a pregnant woman during a domestic spat on Dec. 16.

Sir Charles Anthony, 25, told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy the incident started when the victim, who is pregnant, walked up to him and acted like she was going to kiss him, then bit him on the lip. Anthony said the victim then pushed him against her vehicle. He said he pushed her to get away and called 911. The deputy observed a small cut on Anthony’s lower lip according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim told the deputy she got into an argument with Anthony because he was complaining about picking up her son from school. She said Anthony got in her face and raised his fist as if he was about to punch her. The victim said she thought Anthony was going to punch her so she pushed him away, the report said.

The victim said she went into her residence to grab her cell phone and Anthony followed her inside and pushed her down on the living room couch. She said Anthony got on top of her and placed his hands around her throat, making it difficult for her to breathe. The deputy observed several red marks across the victim’s neck, according to the report.

The victim said she told Anthony to get off her, but he leaned in close to her face. The victim admitted to biting Anthony in the lip but said it was the only way to get him to stop choking her. She said Anthony briefly left their residence and she got into the driver’s seat of her car and was going to leave, but Anthony returned and pulled her out of the vehicle and pushed her against a nearby tree, the report said.

The victim said she injured her shoulder and back when she hit the tree. The deputy observed several abrasions on the victim’s right shoulder and a small cut on her upper back. The victim said her son witnessed the altercation. She also said she is seven weeks pregnant and Anthony is aware of it, according to the report.

The victim’s son said he saw Anthony pull the victim out of the car and push her, the report said.

Anthony denied the victim’s allegations. He was placed under arrest and charged with domestic battery by strangulation and aggravated battery on a pregnant victim. Anthony was previously arrested in August 2018 for allegedly poking a woman and tossing her onto an air mattress during a spat. He also was convicted of simple domestic battery in February 2018.

Anthony is being held on $5,000 bond and will appear in Marion County Jail on Jan. 21.

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