Cops: Man caught choking girlfriend while at hospital

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant police arrested a man who they say was caught choking his girlfriend while she was lying in a hospital bed.

Kasaun Jerome Dawson, 26, was taken into custody on August 9 and charged with assault and battery 2nd degree.

According to a report, Dawson was visiting his girlfriend at East Cooper Hospital on August 9 at 9:15 a.m. Around 11 p.m., the victim states she received a phone call from her child's godfather and Dawson became jealous.

Police say Dawson, who said he thought his girlfriend was cheating on him, tried to take the victim's cell phone and pulled her out of the hospital bed before leaving the room.

The report states Dawson returned a minute later and grabbed the hospital phone. When the victim told him not to hit her, Dawson said, "what are you going to do, call the police?"

The victim says that Dawson hit her in the head with the phone, and then started choking her with his hands.

Police say a nurse walked in and saw Dawson choking the victim. He then ran out of the room.

Dawson was later found by police walking down Mathis Ferry Road. After denying that he was at the hospital, police say they were able to use security camera footage to prove he was.

According to the incident report, when Dawson was arrested he asked police, "what am I supposed to do, let her cheat on me?"

Dawson was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center and he was placed on trespass notice for the hospital.

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