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Police: Boy put in choke hold by father

JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL)-- An Iowa City man is accused of assaulting his nine-year-old son.

Officials in Johnson County say 48-year-old Steven Eldridge told his son he could go out and play in his backyard at a home on Hollywood Boulevard.

But when the boy tried to go out, police say Eldridge stopped him from going, and then grabbed him in a choke hold, pinched his nose and threw the child on the floor.  In a police report, Eldridge also reportedly raised his hands in the air and shouted that he was the man of the house.  The boy was still complaining of pain 90 minutes after the reported incident.

Officials have also charged Eldridge with possession of marijuana.  The substance was found in his pocket.

Online Producer: Michelle Caldwell

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