MASON CITY — A Mason City man is facing theft and assault charges after being accused of assaulting a woman and her child and then stealing her vehicle.

Law enforcement says 38-year-old Erik Childs assaulted a woman he’d been living with on August 25th, choking her and leaving multiple scratches on her neck. When one of the victim’s children attempted to stop Childs by jumping on his back, Childs allegedly slammed the back of his head into the child’s face, leaving the child with a swollen lump on the right side of the forehead and swelling around the eye. Childs is then accused of taking the woman’s van, saying he was going to destroy it.

Childs was recently arrested and charged with second-degree theft, domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury, and assault causing bodily injury. He’s being held on a total of $15,000 bond. Childs is due in court for his preliminary hearing on September 30th.

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