ROCK HILL — A Rock Hill woman told police her boyfriend assaulted her while she was walking down a steep flight of stairs with their 1-year-old child in her hands on Sunday.
Police were called to a Friedheim Road home at about 11:45 a.m. to find Marquis Le’mon White standing outside with a bag of clothes, according to a Rock Hill police report. When police asked what happened, White told them he and his girlfriend had been arguing after his nephew spilled a drink on the couch in his mother’s apartment.
White denied getting physical with his girlfriend, although police saw fresh scratch marks on his neck, the report states. He claimed he got them while at a club the night before.
Officers spoke with the girlfriend, who confirmed that she and White argued about his nephew. She said while she tried to leave, White became violent, the report states.
While walking down a “steep flight of steps” with the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, White “grabbed me by my arm and began to choke me until I was unable to breathe,” according to the report. She said he punched her in the head and dragged her down the steps by her arms.
Police could see marks on the woman’s neck, and spoke with a witness who said he saw White drag and punch the woman. He said he called police because he was afraid to speak with White.
White was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence and unlawful conduct toward a child “for placing his daughter...at risk of bodily injury,” the report states.