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Police: Man strangled woman as she held their baby

Authorities issed an arrest warrant Sunday

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Authorities have arrested a Bethlehem man accused of strangling a woman, while she held their baby.

Wayne A. Currie Jr. faces strangulation, simple assault and reckless endangerment charges in connection with the alleged attack Sunday night outside a Mechanic Street home. He was arrested Tuesday on an outstanding warrant and arraigned by District Judge Daniel Corpora.

Bethlehem police were initially dispatched to a home in the 900 block of Mechanic Street about 8:15 p.m. Sunday to investigate a domestic assault. The victim told officers that she and Currie had been arguing over their 7-month-old baby.

As she started to walk away, Currie allegedly grabbed the hood of her jacket, pulling it and twisting it tightly against her neck, according to court records. She told police he then grabbed her neck and squeezed until she became lightheaded, while she continued to hold the baby.

A witness, who came to her aid, managed to grab the baby before the victim fell to the ground after Currie knocked her down, according to police.

Currie had driven away before police arrived.

Corpora set bail at $15,000, which Currie failed to post. The 20-year-old was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 23.

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