Houtzdale man facing charges after allegedly strangling his son

A Houtzdale man is facing a felony charge for allegedly strangling his son because he thought he was taking too long to get ready for school.

Baren Lynn Berg, 33, was charged by state police with felony strangulation, simple assault and harassment after an incident on Dec. 1 in Houtzdale borough.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the boy’s mother reported to police that the boy was assaulted by his father while he was staying with him.

The 9-year-old child said he was getting ready for school when Berg reportedly became angry because he was taking too long to brush his hair. Berg began yelling at the child and then choked him with one hand, police said.

He allegedly squeezed hard enough to restrict the boy’s breathing. He also reportedly choked with such force that he pushed the child against the wall.

A trooper was able to see a mark on the child’s neck. The boy said he was crying the entire time and was afraid of his father, according to the report.

Berg is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County. Berg is being held in the Clearfield County Jail on $25,000 bail.