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A New Haven man was charged Thursday in connection with an attack on his physically disabled mother-in-law after he got upset with his 2-year-old son.

Steven M. Stackhouse, 22, faces formal charges of strangulation, battery and criminal mischief after he was accused of gauging one of the woman’s eyes, choking her and smashing her walker to the floor, according to the probable cause affidavit.

According to the report, on the evening of May 22, Stackhouse got angry with his son because the child broke some items, and his mother-in-law tried to calm him.

Stackhouse’s wife told police he grabbed her by the throat as she tried to stop him from approaching her mother, the report said.

After he let go of his wife, Stackhouse grabbed his mother-in-law’s throat until she was unable to breathe and gouged her left eye with his fingernails, according to the affidavit.

The woman suffers from a medical condition that renders her immobile without a walker or wheelchair, the report said.

Stackhouse was also accused of slamming the woman’s walker on the floor several times during the incident. The investigating officer’s report said the impact bent and split one of the walker’s legs.

Stackhouse was being held Thursday evening in lieu of $3,250 bail, according to Allen County Lockup.