A Peoria man could be sent to prison if he’s convicted of choking his Pekin girlfriend and breaking two bones in her face with a punch.

Lawrence M. Smith, 44, will appear in court on Sept. 7 on two felony counts of aggravated domestic battery, each punishable by probation to up to seven years in prison. He’s also charged with misdemeanor battery in the case.

His victim told police that Smith attacked her on Aug. 8 because she had called a friend. The woman’s 11-year-old son called police as the assault took place, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.

The woman said Smith pushed her twice, choked her and struck her, sending her to the floor. An officer noticed her face was bruised, cut and swollen. After receiving hospital treatment, she reported broken bones had been found near her jaw and an eye, the affidavit stated.

Smith denied battering the woman and said she had hit her face on the home’s refrigerator. He posted $2,500 cash bond Monday to go free pending prosecution.

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