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Man accused of choking son, charged with felony

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A Huff Road man was arrested Friday evening for allegedly choking his 8-year-old son during an argument about his Boy Scout troop’s popcorn fundraiser.

Corey Finnen, 32, was charged with child endangering and felony domestic violence.

Finnen’s 8- and 4-year-old sons returned to their father’s home Friday around 7:30 p.m., after canvassing the neighborhood with flyers for the 8-year-old’s popcorn fundraiser.

Finnen allegedly became enraged after the 8-year-old admitted he forgot to place a flyer inside a neighbor’s door, according to an Erie County deputy’s report.

Finnen allegedly grabbed the boy by his neck and began choking him before throwing him to the floor, the report said.

After the altercation, Finnen’s father saw the boy crying and holding his throat, the report said. The boy then called his other grandfather and told him what had occurred.

That grandfather immediately called deputies, and met with them and the boy’s mother at Finnen’s home. Finnen’s 4-year-old son gave deputies a similar account, mimicing a choking action when asked to describe the fight, the report said.

Finnen denied choking his son. He told deputies he placed his hands on the boy’s shoulder in order to discipline him.

Inside the house, deputies found a suspicious substance, which they suspected might be methamphetamine. Drug charges could follow after chemical test results are completed.

Deputies reported the assault to social workers and took Finnen to the Erie County jail. He will remain there without bond until his arraignment.

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