LAWRENCE (Mercer) — A Trenton police officer has been charged with child endangerment and strangulation of his girlfriend, whom police say they repeatedly threatened to kill.
Township police filed charges against Constable Elijah Mitchell, 28, after becoming aware on August 4 of incidents that began in March.
Mitchell was charged under a 2021 law that elevated the felony of domestic violence strangulation, an act of violence that preceded nearly half of all domestic violence homicides.
A report was first filed with Princeton police, who determined the woman was assaulted at the home she shares with Mitchell.
Mitchell was taken into custody on Friday and suspended with pay pending a state-required hearing.
He has been with the force since September 2018, according to public records.
He was charged with three counts of domestic violence strangulation, two counts of threatening death, one count of criminal coercion and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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