LIVONIA – A Livonia man was arrested and charged with a felony after a domestic dispute in which he allegedly choked a woman to the point that she lost consciousness, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
James B. Childs, 48, was charged with second-degree strangulation, a Class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child.
A person is guilty of second-degree strangulation when he or she commits the crime of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, and causes stupor, loss of consciousness for any period of time, or any other physical injury or impairment, according to state penal law. The charge is punishable by up to seven years in state prison.
The investigation began May 31 when Sheriff’s deputies were called about 9 a.m. to an address on Woodruff Road, Livonia, for the report of an active domestic dispute.
The investigation revealed that the dispute had been taking place intermittently over the course of a couple of days and that on May 29, while at the same location, Childs had physically choked a female individual, which cause the loss of consciousness. The incident also occurred in front of a young child.
Following his arrest, Childs was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing an pre-arraignment detention.
Childs was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Mark Riggi, who remanded Childs to the custody of the Sheriff with bail set at $500 cash or $1,000 secured bond, the amount requested by the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office represented Childs at the arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear.
Assisting with the investigation for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Martin Herkimer and Deputy Dave Richardson. The incident was handled under the command leadership of Sgt. Joseph Breu.