Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office
An Orangeburg woman suffered bruises to her left eye and cheek – and her eye began to swell shut – allegedly at the hands of her husband early Monday morning, according to an incident report.
Deputies arrested and charged the woman’s husband with second-degree assault and battery.
A neighbor called law enforcement at 4:28 a.m. to report that the woman came to the residence to call for help.
A deputy spoke with the woman, who was seated at the kitchen table and crying.
The deputy noted in the report that the woman had “numerous lumps, small abrasions and bruising to the left side of her eye and cheek area.”
The woman’s “left eye was also beginning to swell shut,” the report said. Also, her “left jaw line, near her throat was swollen.”
She told the deputy that she and her husband got into an argument at a party the night before.
They continued to argue until they got home and went inside their house.
She alleged her husband punched her in the face around 11 p.m.
She told deputies that her husband has “metal in his hand” because of a past injury and having surgery to repair it.
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She also said he took her cell phone and smart watch so that she couldn’t call 911 for help, the incident report states.
She alleged that her husband eventually stopped assaulting her and fell asleep on the living room couch.
When she felt it was safe to leave, she went to a neighbor’s home to call for help.
The woman refused medical treatment, although a deputy told her that some of her injuries appeared severe.
The deputy then went to the woman’s house and spoke with her husband.
He told deputies that he and his wife got into an argument at a party “because of alcohol” and that when they got home, they continued to argue, the report said.
He claimed that his wife struck him in his head and back with a broomstick and that he then “pushed” his wife down “next to the living room table.”
He denied hitting his wife, according to the incident report.
The deputy checked him for any swelling, redness and lumps, but didn’t see any visible injuries, according to the incident report.
The husband also changed his story, the incident report states.
He allegedly told a deputy that he did “smack” his wife a couple of times, but denied punching her.
When a deputy searched him prior to escorting him to a patrol car, the deputy discovered a cellphone and a smart watch.
The husband told the deputy that both items belonged to his wife.