Report: Man beats up grandmother on hospital bed over cigarette

Report: Man beats up grandmother on hospital bed over cigarette

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WYFF) - An Upstate man was arrested for assaulting his grandmother after she would not give him a cigarette at a hospital, according to Spartanburg County deputies.

Deputies said they were called to a home on Fairfax Street at 9 p.m. Wednesday after a call about someone beating up a grandmother.When they arrived, deputies said they found a 57-year-old woman in a wheelchair on the porch of the home with a contusion on her mouth and an open laceration to her right forearm.

Deputies said Robert Steadman III, the victim's grandson, was standing over the woman and yelling at her. Authorities say Steadman told the deputies he did put his hands on her, said he was sorry and was leaving.

The deputies told Steadman to sit while they spoke with the grandmother.

At that time, investigators say Steadman tried to run, but one of the deputies brought him to the ground to gain control over him. The other deputy said he went over to assist and was able to pin Steadman to the ground. A report states that Steadman told deputies he soiled himself and he was done fighting.

The grandmother told deputies Steadman came to her in her hospital bed and asked her for a cigarette and she told him no. She said Steadman got in her face, threatened her, and when she tried to push him away, he grabbed her by the face and started pushing down on her.

The grandmother said she kept trying to swing at Steadman to get him off of her, but he grabbed her arms and pinned her down. She said Steadman eventually got off her and called his mother to pick him up.

When the deputies asked her if she wanted to press charges, she said she was "tired of him hitting (her) like that."

The grandmother refused treatment from EMS.

Steadman was charged with assault and battery and resisting arrest, according the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

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