Man faces charges in boy’s choking

After being accused of choking a 6-year-old boy until he couldn’t breathe, a Northern Cambria man faces a list of criminal charges, including felony aggravated assault.

Gregory Hoover, 43, of 55 Cherry Ridge Terrace, was arraigned late last week for the alleged Aug. 1 incident.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Northern Cambria Borough police, an officer was called to Hoover’s home to assist emergency medical responders with a “psychiatric emergency.”

The officer was told that Hoover was hearing voices and not taking prescribed medication and that he also had been smoking crack, according to the complaint.

“Hoover made several comments that he wanted to die,” the officer wrote, explaining that Hoover said he could no longer stand to hear the voices.

The officer also spoke with a 6-year-old boy at the scene, who was described in the complaint as “crying and shaking.”

The boy told police that he was sitting on a couch when Hoover choked him, according to the complaint.

The boy also told police that he could not breathe during the alleged attack.

The officer said he “observed that the child’s blood vessels were broken all over his face, and his eyes were bloodshot, all which indicate a lack of oxygen.”

The officer said he also noticed injuries on the boy’s throat and the back of his neck.

The boy was later transported to Conemaugh Miners Medical Center in Hastings to be treated.

Hoover was transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medi­cal Center in Johnstown for an evaluation.

Online court documents show that Hoover faces felony charges of aggravated assault, strangulation and endangering the welfare of a child, as well as lesser charges of recklessly endangering another person and harassment.

As of Tuesday afternoon, online court documents showed that Hoover remains in Cambria County Prison unable to post 10 percent of $50,000 bail. He is to appear for a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Michael Zungali.

Mirror Staff Writer Sean Sauro is at 946-7535.