Former pastor accused of choking stranger's baby at Kansas Walmart

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) -

 A former New Jersey pastor is accused of trying to choke a 4-month-old baby he didn't know at a Kansas City-area Walmart. 

The Kansas City Star reports that prosecutors in Kansas' Johnson County charged 54-year-old Oleh Zhownirovych of Clinton, New Jersey, with felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor battery. It was not immediately clear if Zhownirovych has an attorney. 

Overland Park police say a man walked up to a woman who was in a checkout lane early Wednesday and began choking her baby. The woman screamed, and the man stopped. 

Police say people in the store helped the woman and held the man until officers arrived. 

The baby was not injured. 

Investigators say the man possibly was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Previous story by KAKE News:

A man is in custody after allegedly choking a 4-month-old baby Wednesday morning in a checkout line at a Kansas Walmart.

KMBC reports officers were called at 7:23 a.m. to the Walmart near 75th Street and Frontage Road in Overland Park. Authorities said the man went up to the woman while she was in the checkout line and started choking the infant.

Police said the mother started screaming and the man stopped. Other people in the store ran to the woman’s aid, pinning the man down until officers arrived.

The baby was not injured/ 

The 54-year-old Clifton, New Jersey man was being held on suspicion of aggravated battery. Investigators say the man possibly was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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