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Flowery Branch mans charges dismissed, reduced in alleged Thanksgiving assault
Jonathan Hardin

FLOWERY BRANCH — A Flowery Branch man accused of choking two children on Thanksgiving had the majority of his case dismissed Monday.

Jonathan Everette Hardin, 30, appeared in Magistrate Court to answer charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment. He was accused by Flowery Branch police of putting two children “in a headlock and choking,” according to arrest warrants.

Police responded to a Mitchell Street home Nov. 27 to a report of two juveniles being allegedly choked by Hardin.

According to Magistrate Court officials, Hardin’s false imprisonment charges were dismissed. One aggravated assault charge was dismissed and the second was reduced to simple battery.

“After hearing from two witnesses at the scene, including the 9-year-old boy, the court concluded that there had been nothing more than some playful rough-housing, which led to the aggravated assault and false imprisonment charges being dismissed while a simple battery charge still remains as to the 11-year-old girl, who had claimed that she had seen bruises on her brother’s neck but which were undetectable to officers,” Hardin’s attorney Larry Duttweiler wrote in an email.