Crime

She got violent during a Myrtle Beach church service and punched 2 people, cops say

A 44-year-old woman punched two people during prayer at a local church Monday evening, according to a Myrtle Beach police report.

Bystanders held the woman down until police were called to the church on 3rd Avenue South, the report said.

Police said the woman was “making people feel uncomfortable and was asked to stop” during the service. The incident report does not name the church.

Officers charged Christine Victoria Dennison, 44, with two counts of third-degree assault and battery.

A victim “attempted to intervene,” but Dennison began pushing the victim, police said. As the victim backed away and sat down, Dennison twice punched the victim in the head, a report said. Police said another victim stepped in, and Dennison allegedly punched that victim in the chest.

All of the victims are Dennison’s family members, the report said.

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Christine Victoria Dennison, 44, is charged with two counts of third-degree assault and battery. Courtesy of Myrtle Beach Police Department

The suspect was allegedly “bothering” her child, who is in the custody of one of the victims.

One person who was punched told police Dennison was staying with family and has caused multiple issues. The victim also said Dennison had been drinking before the incident happened, the report said.

Police said they took photos of the injuries.

Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong

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