Ex-N.J. pastor pleads no contest to choking infant at Walmart checkout

Author: The Associated Press
Date Published: 12/22/2017
Publication: NJ.com
Oleh Zhownirovych
Oleh Zhownirovych

Clifton man will be sentenced next month forĀ choking a 4-month-old child at a Walmart in Overland Park, Kansas last year.

Oleh Zhownirovych, 54, pleaded no contest Thursday to aggravated battery and intentional harm and battery. An aggravated kidnapping charge was dropped.

In October 2016, authorities said Zhownirovych walked up to Monquisha Hill in a checkout line and started choking her daughter, who was in the shopping cart.

He stopped when the mother started screaming. People in the store came to help and held him until police arrived.

Hill didn’t know the man and a motive for his actions was unclear.

The baby wasn’t injured.

Zhownirovych was the pastor of Ukrainian Orthodox Holy Ascension Cathedral in Clifton but left the position last year.