Pennsylvania man chokes mom for changing channels

by Ellen Killoran

David Cantrell flew into a rage, threatening his mother with death

A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly choking his own mother nearly to death — because she changed the channel on the television.

Moore Township police told NBC Philadelphia thatĀ David Cantrell, 42, attacked his mother in their Bath, Pennslyvania, home after she changed the TV channel, leading to a verbal argument that turned violent. Cantrell is accused of punching her in the mouth, and lifting her up and slamming her to the floor. He then reportedly choked her so violently that she lost consciousness, telling her “I hope you die” in the process.

READ This: Missing Virginia Beach Mom and Tots Found Safely

Cantrell’s mother apparently regained consciousness, and ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

Cantrell has been arrested and jailed on assault and harassment charges.

According to NBC Philadelphia, the suspect remains in the Northampton County jail, unable to postĀ  $75,000 bail. He is scheduled for a hearing on February 3.

It is unclear what program Cantrell and his mother argued over.

A Facebook page belonging to a David Cantrell of Bath, Pennsylvania, features a photo of a man in a T-shirt that reads, “I’m not arguing, I’m just explaining.”


Photo: Northampton County Police

Ellen is a seasoned journalist and former media & entertainment reporter with a taste for true crime. Formerly a senior editor at IBTimes, her work has appeared in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Maxim, NYMag, Indiewire, and more. She co-produced the HBO documentary "Youth Knows No Pain" and appeared in a documentary series that aired alongside the Lifetime movie "Manson's Lost Girls."