CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Police have arrested a 26-year-old landscaper for allegedly choking his pregnant wife during a fight in their Coral Springs apartment, a police report said.

Santos Blanco Melendez was charged with aggravated battery for the attack on March 17.

His wife told police that he grabbed her by the throat with both hands and began to squeeze her neck. He eventually freed her and she called police.

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Police said Blanco Melendez admitted to arguing with his wife, but he said it was a verbal fight, not physical. Police found red marks on her neck consistent with her version that her husband choked her.

His wife told police the fight was over her going to work and her husband not wanting to take care of their two children. He told police the fight was over his wife wanting to terminate her pregnancy, and he didn’t want that to happen.

She told police she’s two weeks pregnant.