DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — A man was arrested after breaking in the back door of his girlfriend’s home, beating her and choking her.

According to a report from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the victim said she and her boyfriend had gotten into an argument earlier that day and he’d left. He came back, however, that afternoon and broke the window on her back door before entering her home. She said he then hit her in the face, grabbed her by the neck and began choking her.

She added that the suspect knew she had asthma and already had difficulty breathing, and the choking made it even more difficult to breathe.

She said she was able to scream for help, but the man then put his hand over her mouth and told her he would let her go if she would be quiet. She said she nodded her head, and he let her go.

She then grabbed their infant child out of his bassinet and ran to a neighbor’s house.

Multiple neighbors heard the incident and one provided a sworn statement to police.

Deputies found a 2-by-4 piece of wood lying amid broken glass on the back porch, and observed marks and injuries on the victim’s neck and face consistent with her story.

The man denied a physical altercation took place.

He was arrested and charged with felony domestic battery by strangulation.