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Mother accused of choking son, 10

A Fort Wayne woman faced criminal charges Thursday after her 10-year-old son told police she hit and choked him, and at one point pinned him by the throat against a wall.

The child’s ordeal began Aug. 8 when he was playing basketball about 9 p.m. and his brother came to get him to come home, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The child reportedly said to his brother, “Let me guess, mom is drunk?” in reference to Tamekia R. Neal, 28, of the 7900 block of Serenity Drive, the affidavit said.

The victim told police he was then afraid to go home because Neal is frequently abusive to him when she’s been drinking.

Once the siblings arrived home, Neal started to scream at the 10-year-old boy, so he made a break for it and ran from the apartment building, but Neal caught him outside, the report said.

The child and a witness told police Neal picked up the boy by his hair, grabbed his throat and pinned him against the brick wall. The young boy told police he couldn’t breathe while he was held against the wall.

Police wrote in the report that Neal fought them while they tried to arrest her and kicked an officer in the chest as he walked her to a police car.

Neal is charged with battery to a child younger than 14, battery to a public safety official, strangulation and resisting law enforcement.