Cops: Child helped stop attack on mom

Saturday, November 10, 2012
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— A city man is accused of strangling his wife this week to the point she could no longer breathe, authorities said.

Dennis Tatnall, 53, of Norwood Avenue, was accused Tuesday of choking the woman and hitting her head on the floor repeatedly at their residence the day before, according to court papers.

After he hit her head on the floor, according to papers, she screamed to her children for help, while Tatnall yelled at them not to go anywhere. Their 9-year-old son, though, left to get help, while Tatnall responded by choking the woman, according to papers.

The victim attempted to call police herself, but Tatnall threw the phone, breaking it, according to papers.

He faces one count of first-degree strangulation, a felony, as well as three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, all misdemeanors.

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