Charges dismissed against doctor accused of beating, strangling woman

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Charges against a Fort Wayne doctor have been dropped after he was arrested after a woman told police he beat and strangled her in their Fort Wayne home.

Michael A. Cozzi of Fort Wayne, had been facing domestic battery and strangulation charges.

However on February 18, 2014, the charges were dismissed in Allen Superior Court.

According to the affidavit for probable cause, Cozzi went into Brenda Saalfrank’s bedroom at around midnight on Monday, February 13 and started yelling at her about how the school system was “feminizing their son.”

Saalfrank told police Cozzi called her multiple curse words. Saalfrank says she then went to hit Cozzi for calling her names.

At that point, Cozzi allegedly got on top of Saalfrank and hit her across the face. Saalfrank said Cozzi held both of her arms down and put his hands on her neck. She said Cozzi then let go of her neck, but pushed her face into the bed and headboard, according to the probable cause.

Saalfrank later went to Lutheran Hospital for her injuries.

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