Woman Charged With Beating and Choking Boy
ST. CLOUD -- A St. Cloud woman is accused of beating and strangling a 10-year-old child after he reported the abuse to school staff last week.
Thirty-one-year-old Leah Au is charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation and gross misdemeanor punishment of a child.
According to the criminal complaint, the boy told school staff Au repeatedly hit him in the arm with a back massager, grabbed him around the neck with her hand and squeezed for approximately 15 seconds before throwing him to the ground. The boy said he felt light-headed for about a minute because of difficulty breathing.
Police say they discovered a back massager in Au's home which appears to match the pattern of injuries on the boy's arm. The boy also said Au had hit him with a belt before but never choked him.
Authorities interviewed Au who denied any physical altercation with the boy. She's due in court again at the end of May.