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Man attempts to strangle child, gets chokehold from police

June 26, 2012 |  8:30 am

A Northern California man is in custody after allegedly trying to strangle his 3-month-old child as police confronted him.

Daniel Graf and his estranged wife got into an argument over child custody Thursday in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Citrus Heights, police said.

The two had met there so Graf, 32, could see his child. Things took a turn for the worse after police were called to the scene. An officer tried talking to the man, but according to a release by Citrus Heights police, Graf began to choke the infant he held in his arms.

"The officer kept trying to get this attention. ... Mr. Graf [then] turned around and said he was going to kill the infant," said Jon Kempf from Citrus Heights Police told FOX40 News in Sacramento.

The responding officer immediately jumped into action and put Graf in a chokehold of his own -- a department-approved “carotid restraint control hold.”

"It's a tactic where the officer applies pressure to both sides of the carotid artery on the neck that will render and individual briefly unconscious," Kempf said.

The hold knocked Graf out, freeing the infant. The child is expected to be OK.

Graf was arrested and charged with attempted homicide, endangering the life of a child, and an outstanding warrant. He was being held at Sacramento County Jail and was ineligible for bail.


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