On Wednesday, July 17, deputies with the Mille County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call at an address south of Garrison. A 12-year-old at the address had called 911 after reportedly being choked by Jana Georgette Sam, 50, of Garrison.
According to the complaint:
At the scene, the deputies learned Sam was heavily intoxicated and had choked the juvenile. The child could be heard crying inside the residence. Sam told the deputies that the child had been “acting up” and she had to “spank [them].” Appearing to be under the influence, Sam repeatedly told the officers she was drunk.
Another juvenile at the residence told the deputies that Sam had not spanked the child but had choked them instead. This child said they had told Sam to stop, but she did not.
The victim reported that Sam had slapped and choked them while they were listening to music. Sam had attempted to get on top of them, which frightened the child according to the complaint. The child stated they broke free and ran to the kitchen to call 911 but were tackled by Sam, who then choked the child for about 45 seconds while attempting to take the phone away, according to the complaint. The other juvenile eventually managed to pull Sam away, at which point the victim called 911.
Sam has been charged with one felony count of domestic assault by strangulation, which carries a maximum three year prison sentence and/or $5,000 fine; one gross misdemeanor count of malicious punishment of a child, which carries a maximum sentence of one year of prison and/or a $1,000 fine; one gross misdemeanor count of interfering with an emergency telephone communication, which carries a maximum sentence of one year of prison and/or a $1,000 fine; and two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault, which carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in prison and/or an $1,000 fine.