Cresson man accused of choking 3-year-old

A Cresson man faces multiple felony charges for allegedly choking a 3-year-old boy in late March.

Michael J. Mazur, 24, of the 500 block of Front Street is accused of grabbing the child by the throat and squeezing until “the victim’s face turned red and he could not breathe,” according to a criminal complaint filed by state police at Ebensburg.

The alleged attack was reported by a Children and Youth Services caseworker, who retold events as described by the 3-year-old’s mother, according to the complaint.

The caseworker told police that Mazur choked the

3-year-old because the boy was fighting with another child about a toy, officers said.

The mother “had to hit Mazur” to get him to release the 3-year-old, officers said.

Police later met with the mother who confirmed her son was choked March 29 at a home along Puritan Road in Portage Township, according to the complaint.

The mother told police she fled the home with both children after the alleged assault, according to the complaint.

Mazur was arraigned Wednesday before Magi­sterial District Judge John Prebish Jr.

He faces felony charges of aggravated assault and strangulation, as well as a misdemeanor simple assault charge.

Mazur remains in Cambria County Prison unable to post 10 percent of $50,000 bail, online court documents show.

He is to appear at 1 p.m. Aug. 22 for a preliminary hearing before Prebish.