Columbia Man Charged After Reportedly Strangling and Punching Girl

A Columbia man is now charged with Fourth Degree Domestic Assault, Child Endangerment, and Child Abuse after an incident where he allegedly strangled and punched a girl.

According to Columbia Police 39 year old Charles Meas was arrested on Sunday in the 1600 block of Quest Drive.

Witnesses say they saw a car pull over and Meas began strangling a child with both hands.

The girl and witnesses say the man also punched her before she was able to get away.

Meas has posted bond, and no hearings have been set as of now.