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He attacked a teen with a Swiffer duster, Horry cops say, leaving “substantial bruising”

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The J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County houses inmates soon after an arrest. There are 20 housing units in the facility that hold several hundred inmates.
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The J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County houses inmates soon after an arrest. There are 20 housing units in the facility that hold several hundred inmates.

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.

Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.


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