TEXARKANA, Texas — A man accused of choking a 10-year-old boy to unconsciousness pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of injury to a child in Bowie County.
Anthony Ray Hill, 36, appeared before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell with Assistant Public Defender Clayton Haas for arraignment Monday morning in a first-floor courtroom of the Bi-State Justice Building. First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp told the court that Hill may face a minimum punishment of 25 years if found guilty of the charge.
Crisp said the DA's office is seeking to increase the punishment range Hill faces from three to ten years in prison to 25 to 99 or life because of Hill's prior felony convictions.
Hill is currently being held in the Bowie County jail with bail set at $100,000.
Hill allegedly became angry the evening of June 19 after his child's mother woke him as he slept on the couch and attempted to get him to move to the bedroom, according to a probable cause affidavit. The woman reported that she and her children went to a bedroom to get away from Hill but he followed and allegedly attempted to get the woman to come out.
The 10-year-old allegedly stood by his mother and refused to move.
"After refusing to move, Anthony grabbed (the boy) by the throat and back of neck, then lifting him into the air while choking him," the affidavit alleges.
Hill allegedly dropped the boy to the ground before leaving the apartment.
Officers with the Texarkana Texas Police Department responded at approximately 9:15 p.m. to the apartment in the 4600 block of Elizabeth Street. When officers arrived, the boy had a pulse but was unresponsive.
The boy regained consciousness while in a local hospital. He allegedly told an officer that Hill choked him without being questioned and "complained about his throat being sore."
Tidwell scheduled the case for a pretrial hearing Oct. 6.