A 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.
The woman, 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 aggravated nature.
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, NBC station WCBD of Charleston reported.
The condition of the squirrel wasn't reported.