Crime

Police: Argument over Confederate flag led to Rock Hill assault

A woman was charged with assaulting two men during an argument over one of them wanting to erect a Confederate flag in his back yard, according to Rock Hill Police.

The assault happened Saturday at a home on the 1100 block of Evans Avenue. Makayla Haney, 25, was intoxicated and carrying her 2-year-old child when officers arrived, according to a police report. She told officers she and the father of her child were arguing over him wanting to hang a Confederate flag in his back yard when he pushed her to the ground and sat on her chest while the man’s father punched her in the back of the head.

But the men offered a different story.

The child’s father told officers he and Haney were arguing over him wanting to hang a Confederate flag in his yard when Haney grabbed him by the shirt and scratched his neck. As the man ran from the home, Haney reportedly threw a can of corn at him that didn’t hit him.

The victim’s father said he blocked the door so Haney couldn’t chase the victim when he ran, police said. Haney then began hitting him with a cooking pot.

A witness corroborated the men’s story, and police found the cooking pot on the floor of the home and a can of corn outside.

When officers spoke with Haney again, she changed her story to say she scratched her child’s father.

Haney was charged with third-degree assault and battery and third-degree domestic violence. She was placed in the Rock Hill city jail and released Sunday under $3,000 bond.

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