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Rushing charged in connection with domestic violence incident

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- The man whose children were the subject of a Silver Alert earlier this week has been charged in connection with a domestic violence incident, according to court records.

On May 21 at 6:59 a.m., South Bend Police responded to a home in the 800 block of Philippa Street for reports of domestic violence.

Police responded to the scene and located the victim who was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center with marks on her neck and scratches and bruises on her body, reports said.

She told police she was sleeping at home on the night of May 20 when her boyfriend, Adam Rushing, woke her up and began assaulting her, reports said.

Rushing shoved his thumbs into her eyeballs while saying he was going to get the devil out of her, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Rushing then began strangling the victim until she blacked out, reports said.

When the victim tried to leave the bedroom, Rushing held her down, strangled her and told her "you ain't [expletive deleted] leaving," according to the probable cause affidavit.

At one point he threatened her life with a knife, reports said.

When the victim was able to get away, she left Rushing's 6-year-old and her and Rushing's one-year-old in the residence.

By the time officers arrived, Rushing had left the residence with both children, police said.

Several hours later, Rushing's brother contacted police after Rushing dropped the children off at his residence.

Rushing was arrested the night of May 21.

Rushing was charged with criminal confinement, strangulation, and intimidation.

Because Rushing had been granted physical and legal custody of the 6-year-old, he will not face charges in that incident, according to the prosecutor's office.

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