North Freedom man charged with choking, abusing grandson

September 27, 2018


A North Freedom man is facing felony charges for allegedly choking his teenage grandson and striking him with a stool.

The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office has charged 68-year-old Michael J. Cloyd with two felony counts, including physical abuse of a child and strangulation, as well as one misdemeanor count of bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint, Cloyd got in the boy’s face and threatened to punch him Sunday during a verbal dispute inside his home. The boy told authorities he tried to push Cloyd away, and accidentally knocked off his glasses.

The boy — and another witness — said Cloyd then struck the boy in the head and grabbed him by the neck. The witness told a deputy Cloyd had his hands around the boy’s neck for about 10 seconds, according to the complaint.

After the boy broke free, Cloyd allegedly swung a stool at him. The boy used his arm to block the object, and suffered an injury in the process, the complaint states.

The deputy reported that the boy had red marks on his neck and a 4-inch swollen red mark on his forearm.

The complaint says Cloyd told the deputy the verbal dispute began because the boy was in the process of moving and tried to take valuables from the home that did not belong to him. He said the boy “slapped his glasses off his face” during the argument.

The complaint says Cloyd admitted that he picked up a stool, and planned to hit the boy “in the (expletive) skull” with it. However, he denied that he actually swung the object.

Each of the felony charges against Cloyd carries a possible maximum sentence of six years in prison, plus two years because he has been charged as a repeat offender. Floyd has been jailed on a $500 cash bond.

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