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Local woman faces charges after choking teen daughter

An Alachua County woman is now facing child cruelty charges after investigators say she choked her teenage daughter because of bad grades.

Police say 39-year-old Congie Mack grabbed her child's neck and struck her repeatedly after seeing a "D" on her 14-year-old daughter's progress report.

Mack was arrested and booked into Alachua County jail. DCF is now investigating.

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