- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota man has been charged after being accused of assaulting a 6-year-old boy who was trying to call 911 during a domestic dispute.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1KMetrF ) reports 40-year-old Duane Blackshear is charged with child abuse.

Court records show a police officer was dispatched to a Bismarck home after a woman called authorities to report that a boy was at her house saying Blackshear was hitting his mother.

The boy’s mother then told police that Blackshear had grabbed the boy by the neck to keep him from running to a neighbor’s home to call 911.

The officer reported the boy had minor scrapes on his neck. Records show the boy told police that Blackshear choked him.

Blackshear’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on the charge.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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