A teenager and her father are accused of choking a juvenile until he was unconscious because he borrowed a bucket.
The incident unfolded Sunday evening on Parrish Farm Lane near McGee’s Crossroads, outside of Benson.
The 15 year-old juvenile told deputies, like several times before, he borrowed a bucket from a neighbor to take with him while fishing at a nearby pond. The neighbor, 37 year-old Geoffrey Thomas Harrington and his daughter, 16 year-old Ginger Renee Harrington, allegedly confronted the juvenile at the pond and told him to get on his knees, according to Johnston County Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell.
Geoffrey Harrington allegedly told the child he had three choices for taking the bucket: to be punched in the face, be thrown in the pond, or be “choked out” authorities said.
The child did not respond to Harrington, however his daughter, Ginger Harrington, allegedly grabbed the juvenile’s neck from behind and choked him until he lost consciousness.
After regaining consciousness the child went home and alerted his parents.
Geoffrey Harrington confessed to the incident, Captain Caldwell said, even demonstrating with his daughter how they choked the child.
Ginger Harrington was charged with felony assault by strangulation. Geoffrey Harrington was charged with felony conspiracy. Both were booked into the Johnston County Jail on Sunday night under a $10,000 bond each. According to her arrest report, Ginger Harrington is a student at West Johnston High School.