Man accused of choking son

A Greenwood man was arrested after police said he choked his 10-year-old son.

James Clair, 28, 1210 Freemont Lane, struck his son and choked him for about 15 seconds, according to the Greenwood police report.

Clair was arrested on charges of strangulation and battery on a person less than 14 years of age.

While strangulation means the act of killing by squeezing the throat, Indiana law defines it as intentionally applying pressure to another person’s throat or obstructing their nose or mouth.

Clair told police he had redirected his son after he asked a question about where his father was born, but that he never hit him, the report said.

The son had a swollen lip and red marks around his neck, according to the report. The child was not taken to the hospital.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2702.