Crime

Report: Rock Hill woman assaulted legally blind victim at mud bog

A Rock Hill woman is accused of assaulting another woman who is legally blind and partially deaf, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened Saturday at a mud bog in Hickory Grove, according to a sheriff’s report. The 18-year-old victim said she was standing around when Brittany Tucker, 20, came “out of nowhere” and struck her in the eye while holding a beer can, a sheriff’s office report states.

The victim said she fell to the ground screaming and crying. Her boyfriend said he didn’t see the initial assault, but he heard his girlfriend screaming and went and found Tucker and her boyfriend, deputies said. When he demanded an apology, Tucker’s boyfriend reportedly punched him, and Tucker hit the female victim again in the forehead, authorities say.

The victim’s boyfriend took her home, and her mother took her to an urgent care clinic, deputies said. They were instructed to go to Piedmont Medical Center due to the extent of the victim’s injuries.

A deputy noted that the victim had a “goose egg” on her forehead, and that her right eye was bloodshot, black, purple and swollen, the report states. The victim suffered a broken bone in her cheek and was referred to an eye specialist.

The victim suffers from Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that results in a combination of hearing loss and vision impairment, according to the report. She told deputies she is legally blind, deaf in one ear and wears an implant.

Deputies went to an address listed for Tucker and spoke with her stepfather, who said she only hit the victim after the victim pushed her. They later spoke with Tucker on the phone and arranged for her to turn herself in Monday.

Tucker, of Evamar Court, was charged with second-degree assault and battery, the report states.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082

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