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Police: No beer led to ceramic squirrel stabbing

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for not returning home with beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.

The Charleston County Sheriff's office says in a report that officers found a man covered with blood when they arrived at 44-year-old Helen Williams' North Charleston home early Wednesday. She told investigators the man fell and cut himself, but she couldn't explain why her hands and clothes were also bloody.

Deputies say the man told officers Williams was so angry when he didn't return with beer because stores were closed on Christmas Eve that she grabbed a ceramic squirrel, beat him in the head, then stabbed him in the shoulder and chest.

Williams was in jail Friday and was charged with criminal domestic violence. It wasn't known if she had a lawyer.

AP-WF-12-27-13 2138GMT