Casper police on Wednesday arrested a man after he allegedly strangled and hit his girlfriend.

Phillip Allen Houser, 29, was booked into jail on recommended charges of strangulation of a household member and domestic battery. He will likely make his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Charging documents say police were sent to a home on South Beverly for a report of a family fight shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The victim's mother had called police to report the fight between her daughter and Houser, saying the fight was becoming physical in nature and that her daughter had a "busted lip."

The victim told officers that she and Houser had been going through a rough time after losing custody of their children. It was common for she and Houser to argue, and she claimed Houser grabbed her by the neck and lifted her to where both her feet were off of the ground.

Houser later allegedly used a fist to hit the victim in the mouth.

The victim's injuries were photographed and Houser was placed under arrest, though he denied hitting or strangling her.

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