South Carolina woman was held on a domestic abuse charge for allegedly
stabbing her common-law husband with a decorative ceramic squirrel when
he came home late on Christmas Eve without any beer.
Helen Ann Williams, 44, of an address on Clifton Street in North
Charleston, was in the Charleston County jail on $10,000 cash bond, jail
records showed Friday. She faces a hearing in Charleston County Circuit
Court in April on a felony charge of domestic violence of a high and
According to the police report, Williams' 41-year-old husband set out
to buy some beer late Tuesday night, but he returned home empty-handed
because the stores were closed.
That enraged Williams, according to the report, and as her husband
set about making himself a sandwich, she picked up the ceramic squirrel
and conked him over the head with it. Then she stabbed him in the chest
with it, the report said.
The man fled to a neighbor's home to
call 911, and when officers arrived shortly after midnight — on
Christmas Day by now — they found him covered in blood with cuts on his
shoulder and face, according to the report. When he took off his shirt,
they found a big gash in his chest, it said.
Initially, Williams tried to persuade police that her husband
fell, but officers were skeptical because she also had blood on her
hands and clothes, the report said.
Williams' husband was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening wounds.