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Clearwater man accused of choking wife, causing her to drop their baby

CLEARWATER — Officers arrested a 40-year-old man Tuesday night accused of choking his wife while she held their 7-week-old son, causing her to drop the child on the floor, police said.

Thomas Reinke of Clearwater faces charges of domestic battery by strangulation and aggravated child abuse.

About 11 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to the 2400 block of Parkstream Drive after receiving reports of a "physical altercation," Clearwater police said. They discovered Reinke had choked his wife while she held their infant son. She began to lose consciousness, causing her to drop the baby, police said.

The baby struck his head on the wooden floor and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where he is being treated for bleeding from the brain, a slight skull fracture, and a broken arm.

The injuries did not appear life-threatening, police said.

Reinke was booked into the Pinellas County jail, where he remained Wednesday morning without bail.