NEWPORT — A Toledo woman was arrested after she allegedly strangled her boyfriend in front of her child.
According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Lincoln County Circuit Court Oct. 7, a Newport police officer arrived at the Summer Wind motel at about 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6, following three reports of a domestic incident with a child present, to find Britni Rocha, 30, yelling at her boyfriend.
According to the affidavit, the boyfriend had what appeared to be fresh scratch marks on the left side of his chest and face, as well as a large red mark on his chest, but he was uncooperative with law enforcement, telling the officer the scratches were from a dog in the room and refusing to allow him to document the injuries.
A witness told police she saw Rocha hitting her boyfriend while he was holding their three-year-old son, and she eventually pulled the child away from him. Another witness said he heard Rocha screaming that her boyfriend was taking her child and saw her hit him and place him in a chokehold, according to the affidavit, eventually causing him to lose consciousness and fall to the ground.
The witness said that after the boyfriend was unconscious Rocha took the child to the motel parking lot and returned when he came to, and that he’d tried to break up the fight, but Rocha swung at him. Another witness also said Rocha attempted to hit him when he tried to intervene.
Two other witnesses told police they’d seen Rocha strike her boyfriend. She was arrested and taken to the Lincoln County Jail. On Oct. 7, she was arraigned before Judge Pro Tem Joseph Allison on Class C felony charges of strangulation and fourth-degree domestic violence (for alleged assault in the immediate presence of a minor child), as well misdemeanor charges of second-degree disorderly conduct and two counts of attempted fourth-degree assault for allegedly trying to hit two witnesses.
Rocha was granted conditional release Oct. 8 and ordered to have no contact with her boyfriend. She is next scheduled to appear in court Oct. 25 before Judge Sheryl Bachart.