A Fruithurst man was charged Wednesday after he allegedly choked a woman and drove with a child in his lap that day.

Christopher Lee Bentley

Christopher Lee Bentley

Christopher Lee Bentley, 35, was charged by the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office with child endangerment and domestic violence by strangulation.

According to his arrest warrants, Bentley hit a woman in the face with his hand, and a deputy later noticed “obvious strangle marks” on her neck. Bentley also allegedly drove with an unrestrained child sitting in his lap while speeding on U.S. 78.

Attempts to reach Cleburne County sheriff’s deputies for more information on the incidents were not immediately successful.

Bentley was booked into the Cleburne County Jail, where he remained Thursday, with bond set at $36,000. 

Domestic violence by strangulation is a Class B felony, which can result in two decades in prison and up to $30,000 in fines if convicted, under state law.

Contact Staff Writer Mia Kortright at 256-235-3563.

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