Detention center officer charged with beating husband in N. Charleston

Detention center officer charged with beating husband in N. Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston County Detention Center officer was arrested over the weekend after North Charleston police say she attacked her husband, who also works at the detention center.

According to a North Charleston police report, officers responded to an apartment at 8439 Dorchester Road around 8:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a physical altercation between a husband and wife.

When they arrived, the husband told police he and his wife, 27-year-old Fran Michelle Heyward, were having an argument about a relationship matter.  The husband said when the verbal argument started to turn physical, he walked away to a rear bedroom to disengage the conversation to prevent a confrontation.

The husband said his wife followed him in the bedroom and began striking him on the left shoulder.  The man said he squatted down in a corner in the bedroom to avoid more strikes to his body.  The husband said Heyward called him a punk and kept bashing him to get him to respond.

At one point, the man said his wife grabbed a Polo cologne bottle and hurled it at him, striking him in his left chin and jaw.

Officers on scene noted the victim had about a two inch swollen knot on the left side of his face.  They also said the victim's left shoulder was red and appeared to be swollen.

The husband told police he and his wife had two children together, who were both home at the time of the incident.

When police asked Mrs. Heyward to provide her side of the story, she said the incident was "nothing really, we were arguing."  She told police there was no physical contact and declined to answer questions about the Polo bottle.

She was then arrested on a charge of criminal domestic violence and taken to the Dorchester County Detention Center.

Heyward was released from jail on Sunday after a judge issued her a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office has placed her on administrative leave without pay, according to Chief Inspector Chris Brokaw.

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