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A teen suffered “substantial bruising” after a 37-year-old beat her with a Swiffer duster, according to an arrest report.
Horry County police charged Justin Hatfield, of Myrtle Beach, with cruelty to children. He was booked into J. Reuben Long last week, but has since left jail.
On Wednesday, an officer responded to an East Walkerton Road home for a reported assault. The teenage victim said Hatfield used the duster to hit her outer thighs after an argument, according to the report. The victim had bruises and a cut to her legs, police said.
A witness told cops the teen and Hatfield were arguing upstairs and then she heard a smacking sound, the report states. The witness tried to stop the attack, but Hatfield hit the victim once more as the witness tried to intervene.
The Department of Social Services was notified of the incident, the report states.