A 45-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly cutting off his pregnant girlfriend’s nipples. Tony Ledbetter from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is facing eight charges of aggravated assault.
Police allege he beat the 39-year-old woman repeatedly, slamming her head on the ground before trying to silence her screams by shoving a blanket into her mouth.
At some point during the attack, he is accused of going to find a pair of scissors which he used to then mutilate her breasts. The woman, who has not been named, was able to escape and ask for help, Keloland reports.
Ledbetter, whose bond has been set at $250,000, called 911 himself to report the incident.
Sioux Falls Public Information Officer Sam Clemens described the case as ‘disturbing’.
‘He ended up punching her in the face, slamming her head on the ground several times.
‘She was yelling and screaming for him to get off of her. He then took his forearm and put it to her throat, basically restricting her air.
‘The really disturbing part is when he went and grabbed some scissors and sat on top of her and used those scissors to cut off her nipples.’
Ledbetter will appear before a court in Lincoln County this week.