Report: Man broke mop stick on brother's head during argument

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A 24-year-old man broke a metal mop stick over his younger brother's head during an argument over a computer password on Wednesday, police say.

According to a Charleston Police Department incident report, officers responded to the assault at an apartment on Sequoia Street in West Ashley just after 3:15 p.m. When they arrived, police found the 19-year-old victim suffering from a "quarter-size hole" in his left temple.

Police said there was tissue hanging out of the hole and blood was squirting out. The teen was unable to answer questions and "was muttering unintelligible words", according to the report. Police also said the teen fell backwards during the interview and hit his head on the floor. He was then stabilized.

The victim's mother told police she was napping in her bedroom when she heard her sons wrestling downstairs, fighting over the password to a computer. The mother said she went downstairs and attempted to resolve the problem by entering the password.

She said she then returned to her bedroom.

A short time later, another person in the house was awakened by the arguing, and as she walked downstairs, she saw 24-year-old Kristen Simmons strike the teen with a metal mop stick across the head

in a swinging motion, the report states.

The witness said Simmons swung with such force that the metal stick broke over the victim's head. She said the teen's wound immediately began bleeding profusely.

Police arrested Simmons and charged him with second-degree assault and battery. He was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center where he remained Thursday morning.

The teen was taken to Medical University of South Carolina, where doctors determined the apparently superficial wound did not penetrate his skull.

He is expected to recover.

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