A Casper man pleaded not guilty Friday in Natrona County District Court to allegations that he drunkenly choked a child and threw her to the floor.
Donald Jakobiak spoke only to answer procedural questions and enter his plea to a single count of child abuse.
Jakobiak was arrested in December at his Buckboard Road home after Casper police arrived and found a girl with irritation and bruising on her neck.
Family members told police that Jakobiak had been drinking all night when he fell to the ground. A family member tried to help him up and he grabbed the woman’s wrist and did not let go. The child tried to make him let go when Jakobiak grabbed her by the throat and threw her down, according to court documents.
A family member said Jakobiak then grabbed the girl by the throat again and held her against the wall of the house, according to the documents.
The girl told an investigating officer that she “blacked out” as a result of the assault and did not remember what happened for about 20 seconds. The girl was later taken to an emergency room for medical attention.
Jakobiak remained free on bond Friday morning.