SUSSEX - Joshua Peterson, 37, of Sussex is facing domestic abuse charges after he allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend in front of her children because he was upset about a Facebook post.

Police were dispatched to their Sussex home on Wednesday, Feb. 15, after receiving a 911 call from Peterson's girlfriend.

According to the criminal complaint, police saw red marks around the victim's neck upon arriving. During an interview with police, she said that Peterson, her boyfriend and also the father to one of her two children, became "crazy" after reading a post on Facebook. The context of the post was not disclosed by investigators in the report.

The victim said Peterson began to push and shove her, and he eventually brought her into a chokehold in front of the children for approximately 15 seconds. When she was released by Peterson, she took her children and ran to one of the bedrooms, where the door could be locked from the inside.

According to the complaint, while Peterson was trying to break into the locked door, she called police. He ultimately, "slammed open the door and hit the 6-year-old child" on the shoulder. Peterson allegedly threw her clothing out of the door and told her to leave.

Peterson is facing one count of domestic abuse for strangulation and suffocation, and a second for disorderly conduct and domestic abuse; he faces maximum penalties of six years and three months in prison and fine of $11,000.

His first court appearance is at 1:15 p.m. March 3 at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

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