A pastor in South Carolina was accused of choking the pregnant mother of his children in his church—causing her to pass out and hit her head on concrete.
According to WCSC, Rashan Lamar Wilson, 35, was charged with aggravated domestic violence for an alleged incident last Monday at Southside Baptist Church, where he’s a pastor. Wilson allegedly assaulted the victim, who is eight weeks pregnant by him, shortly after she dropped their two children off at the church between.
Amid an argument, Wilson “lunged toward the victim, put both of his hands around her neck, squeezed tightly until she was unconscious for an indeterminate period of time,” according to court records. WCBD reported that the woman collapsed and hit her head on concrete, sustaining an abrasion to the right side of her forehead.
A relative of the couple claimed she saw them arguing outside near the victim’s car before walking to the other side of the church and arguing while out of sight. Johnson reportedly returned to her car four to five minutes later; she was disoriented, limping, bleeding, and had sand and leaves in her hair, according to the news station.
The victim reportedly told the relative that Wilson had choked her but she couldn’t recall anything after that. The Post and Courier reported that she called 911 after regaining consciousness and was hospitalized and released.
The nature of the argument remains unclear. Wilson was released from custody after posting $20,000 bond and was barred from contacting the victim.
“The defendant showed extreme indifference to the value of human life and would reasonably cause a person to fear either great bodily injury or death,” police wrote.
[Featured image: Rashan Lamar Wilson/Cannon Correctional Center]