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MASON CITY | A Mason City man has been charged with domestic abuse for allegedly strangling a pregnant woman and punching her in the stomach. 

Jessie Perry Thompson, 24, was charged with misdemeanor domestic abuse assault, impeding flow of air/blood following an incident on the 200 block of Eighth Street Southeast.

At about 6:34 p.m. June 21, Thompson and a woman were in a verbal argument, court documents said.

Thompson allegedly went over to the woman and picked her up off a couch by her neck, affecting her breathing, according to court documents. 

The woman told Mason City police that she could not breathe while Thompson had his hands around her neck.

Thompson also punched the pregnant woman's stomach, court documents said. 

He was arrested, booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail June 22 and  released on his own recognizance following his initial court appearance.

A no-contact order was issued the same day. Thompson is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County Jail July 6.

 — Courtney Fiorini

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