Man accused of choking 11-year-old boy; 2nd pending domestic violence case

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A man is accused of choking his girlfriend’s son and breaking down the door to the boy’s bedroom, hurting the man’s girlfriend in the process.

Jason Michael Cornwell, 36, appeared Friday in front of Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace Pedro Hernandez, and was charged with felony assault on a minor and misdemeanor partner or family member assault.

Cornwell is being held in lieu of a $5,000 bond, which runs concurrent to his bond in another partner or family member assault case. Should Cornwell post this bond, he is not to have contact with his girlfriend or her son.

According to court documents, on May 29, an officer responded to a house on the 500 block of Broadwater Avenue where he met with a woman who told the officer her boyfriend had choked her son. The son had told his mother that he told his teachers about the incident, and his mother confronted Cornwell.

Cornwell grew angry, according to the documents, and said he was going to leave. He punched the boy’s door, which the boy had locked. He left, then returned, shoving the door while his girlfriend stood in front of it. The door fell off its hinges, causing his girlfriend to fall with it.

The boy told officers Cornwell had said the choking was good for him.

While the girlfriend called 911, Cornwell picked up the boy and said “Bye. You ruined our lives.”

The boy reported Cornwell had hit him once before in the back of the head.

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