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Police: Man tried to take his child from mother in Red Lion

A Baltimore man is accused of attempting to take his child back from the child's mother in Red Lion, according to police.

State police said William Lou Jeffries choked his wife, then grabbed their son in an attempt to leave with him. 

Jeffries, 24, is charged with strangulation, endangering child welfare, simple assault and harassment.

William Jeffries

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Incident: Police said Jeffries went to the woman's home in the first block of Henrietta Street  about 11:20 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

Police said Jeffries  showed up at the door and pushed the woman down when he saw another man was there.

The man left, and Jeffries became angry, prompting him to grab the woman by the throat and push her up against a wall, court documents allege.

She broke free, but Jeffries grabbed her by the hair, then grabbed her throat with one hand, police said. Court documents state he pushed her against the wall again, and he squeezed tightly, making it hard for her to breathe.

When she broke free, Jeffries grabbed their 2-year-old son, held him tight and tried to leave with him, according to authorities.

The victim grabbed her son and was able to run out of the home, court documents state.

The woman called her mother, who showed up at the scene and picked her up, officials said. The victim's mother went inside and told Jeffries to leave, but he pushed her out of the way and went outside, according to charging documents.

Police said Jeffries punched the victim's mother's car and then pushed her again before fleeing in a vehicle.

Jeffries was arraigned on the charges at the county's central booking unit that night. He was sent to York County Prison on $25,000 bail.

He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 26 at District Judge John H. Fishel's office.

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