A man accused of choking his girlfriend’s 9-year-old son made profane statements to police and accused the boy of faking injury, according to charging papers.
Police went to the Salvation Army Shelter on Friday after a report that a man had grabbed a woman and choked a child.
Officers arrived to find the 9-year-old with scratches and abrasions on his neck.
His mother told police that her boyfriend of eight years had a lot of scotch that day and then was wrestling with her son.
The boy slapped him twice in the face, at which point the boyfriend started yelling and grabbed the boy around the neck.
That’s when the mother intervened and pushed the boyfriend out the door. The man was hiding under a desk when police found him. At first he denied his identity.
Later he said he’d just been roughhousing with the child, as usual, and he accused the child of being a “mama’s boy.” He also told officers that the child doesn’t respect him because the boy spends weekends with his father.
As for the boy’s injuries, he said the child was just pretending that he wasn’t able to speak and that he didn’t know how the boy got the marks on his neck.
Officers smelled alcohol, and when they asked the man if he’d been drinking, he profanely said that was none of their business.
When he was booked into jail on suspicion of child assault, he reportedly said: “Assault of a child? That just really upsets me. Now I really want to assault that little (expletive). When push came to shove, we both held our ground.”
A 34-year-old was charged with second-degree child assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend’s 9-year-old son March 1, 2019 in Tacoma. The man made profane statements to police, according to charging papers.