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Tramaine Brock charged with felony domestic violence for punching, attempting to strangle his girlfriend

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Former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock has been formally for the domestic violence arrest that resulted in his release from the team. Per KTVU’s Henry Lee, Brock has been charged with felony domestic violence and misdemeanor child endangerment. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

According to the police press release, the allegations state that Brock punched his girlfriend and then attempted to strangle her during a disagreement over what to watch on television. He is also alleged to have attempted to strangle her multiple times five days earlier. One of these alleged incidents occurred while she was holding their child, which is where the child endangerment charge comes in.

Here is the full press release courtesy of the Santa Clara DA’s office:

A former professional football player was charged with felony domestic violence this week, accused of punching his girlfriend in the face and attempting to strangle her multiple times, including once as she was holding their 1-year-old child.

Tramaine Brock, 28, of Santa Clara, is also charged with misdemeanor child endangerment. He faces up to 5 years in prison, if convicted.

Brock will be arraigned today, at 1:30 p.m. in the Hall of Justice, in San Jose.

Prosecutor Kalila Spain said: “It takes great courage for victims to come forward. But only with someone coming forward can the violence be interrupted.”

On April 6, 2017, the 31-year-old victim reported to police that Brock had assaulted her that day. She told responding officers that during a disagreement over what to watch on television, he had punched her in the face and attempted to strangle her to the point that she later vomited. She also said that five days earlier Brock had attempted to strangle her multiple times, while his friend was in his home.

The incident left the victim with visible marks on her neck.

Assistant District Attorney Cindy Hendrickson said that experience indicates and research shows that even non-fatal strangulation can cause traumatic brain injury, and victims are encouraged to seek prompt medical attention immediately even if there are no visible injuries. Moreover, a review of domestic violence related deaths over the past 20 years shows that abusers who attempt to strangle their victims are more likely to kill.