A Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man allegedly beat his ex-girlfriend and sliced off her nipples with a pair of scissors.
Tony Ledbetter, 45, is charged with domestic aggravated assault for his attack on the 39-year-old woman, according to The Associated Press.
The incident occurred around 5 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the woman’s home after Ledbetter came over to talk and an argument ensued, KELO reports.
"He ended up punching her in the face, slamming her in the ground," Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens said.
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The woman screamed for Ledbetter to stop, but he attempted to quiet her by putting his forearm against her neck and a blanket in her mouth.
"The really disturbing part is he went and grabbed some scissors and sat on top of her and used those scissors to cut off her nipples," Clemens said.
The woman managed to get away from Ledbetter, and he called 911.
A woman claiming to be the victim’s best friend started a GoFundMe fundraiser to assist with her medical bills. The page states that the victim is pregnant.
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“She is my best friend and my mentor, a hard-working employee, and single parent,” Annie Myers wrote on the GoFundMe page. “She is pregnant with her abuser's child.”
Myers detailed the attack on her friend and then gave an update on her condition.
“Tests revealed that the unborn child was safe,” she wrote. “Funds are needed for her reconstructive surgery, medical bills, home/utilities, and child care.”
To date, almost $5,000 of the fund’s $75,000 goal has been raised.
A judge entered a not guilty plea on Ledbetter’s behalf, AP reports. His bond is set at $250,000 cash.