CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say they have arrested a father who, while possibly intoxicated, slapped and choked his 12-year-old son.
Martin Douglas Troy, 36, was arrested Thursday and charged with unlawful conduct towards a child.
According to an incident report, police were called to the home of the child's mother on March 16 around 9:15 p.m. The mother told officers her son was assaulted by his father while visiting his dad's house earlier that evening.
The victim told police he was pestering his step-brother when his father began slapping his back to get him to stop. When he tried to get his cell phone, his father wrapped his arm around his neck and choked him for a few seconds.
Reports state the victim was then pushed onto a couch after trying to escape. It was at that time that he called his grandmother for a ride home.
The victim told police he believed his father was drinking before the attack because he saw his dad constantly going to a closet where his alcohol is hidden.
The victim's mother said she has a restraining order against Troy that states he is not allowed to drink alcohol or become violent around their children.
The report states officers went to Troy's house on Culver Ave. in West Ashley to perform a welfare check because he was still watching their 8-year-old daughter.
Officers say the child was safe, but Troy appeared to be intoxicated.
Troy is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center.