Man Chokes Eight-Year-Old Girl In Bathroom

| by Sheena Vasani
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A man is accused of choking an eight-year-old girl with his hands until she passed out at a restaurant's bathroom on May 7.

The girl's mother heard her scream before promptly running into the bathroom to find Reese Hartstirn, 33, holding her unconscious daughter, WLS reports.

The restaurant, Jason's Deli, quickly called the police, while fellow customers helped the mother restrain the man before officers could arrive to arrest him.

"We're blessed to have a wonderful relationship with the Chicago Police Department," read a statement from Jason's Deli. "Many of them are our customers and because of their connection to our deli, this unfortunate situation was handled very quickly. We're proud of how our team members responded and thankful that we have the kind of customers that are willing to lend a hand in a difficult situation. We continue to work hard every day to make every customer happy."

Meanwhile, the child was taken to the hospital. Police did not reveal the status of her condition.

After police arrested Hartstirn, he allegedly tried to attack one of the officers.

The man is now facing multiple charges ranging from aggravated kidnapping and battery of a child to assaulting an officer.

He is currently being held without bond and is due in court on May 16.

It’s not the first time a man has tried to harm a child in the bathroom, the New York Daily News reports.

In 2013, Florida man James Tadros tried to kill a 9-year-old girl in a Best Buy bathroom.

The man lured the child away from her mother into the bathroom where he beat her repeatedly.

Tadros, standing at 6-feet tall while weighing 250 pounds, punched and kicked the child before placing a bag over her head. He then forced the child’s head into the toilet.

Police said her blood was all over the stall.

Best Buy employees reportedly helped save the girl.

"Basically, they're heroes" Best Buy spokesman Jon Sandler said. "They saved the girl."

The company hired counselors to help employees after the incident.

Sources: WLSNew York Daily News / Photo credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office/Sun-Times Media Wire via WLS


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