New Jersey man accused of choking stranger’s baby at store

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A former New Jersey pastor is accused of trying to choke a 4-month-old baby he didn’t know at a Kansas City-area Walmart.

The Kansas City Star reports that prosecutors in Kansas’ Johnson County charged 54-year-old Oleh Zhownirovych of Clinton, New Jersey, is charged with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor battery. It was not immediately clear if Zhownirovych has an attorney.

Overland Park police say a man walked up to a woman who was in a checkout lane early Wednesday and began choking her baby. The woman screamed, and the man stopped.

Police say people in the store helped the woman and held the man until officers arrived.

The baby was not injured.

Investigators say the man possibly was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

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