Highly intoxicated man arrested after choking juvenile at Morgan City hotel pool

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 2:15pm

A Morgan City man has been arrested after choking and holding a juvenile's head underwater at a hotel.

Police arrived at the hotel after receiving calls that a man was choking a female juvenile near a pool.

Upon arrival, officers learned that the juvenile victim and several other children were playing in the motel’s pool.

James Maurice Scanlen, 48, who was extremely intoxicated at the time of the incident, became aggravated and grabbing the victim by the throat, holding her underwater.

The incident was broken up by the victim's mother.

Scanlen was charged with Cruelty to a Juvenile and Appearing in an Intoxicated Condition in Public.

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