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Couple Charged Following Domestic Dispute Involving Inflatable Hammer

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File photo of a man holding up an inflatable hammer. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a man holding up an inflatable hammer. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) - A couple in Myrtle Beach is facing criminal domestic violence charges after police broke up a home dispute involving an inflatable hammer.

The Sun News is reporting that police were called to the home of 33-year-old Alesha Sommer Babcock and 37-year-old Wayne Emmanuel Malcol Beachem at approximately 10:49 p.m. on Sunday. The couple has resided together for several months, with Beachem’s son joining them one week ago.

When they arrived on the scene, they saw Beachem sitting outside in a Suzuki, while Babcock stood in the doorway.

He informed authorities that both of them had been drinking at the Coastal Uncorked festival held earlier that day. When they learned of a friend’s passing, they returned to the residence.

It was at that point Babcock began to hit Beachem with an inflatable hammer, causing his son to get upset and retreat. The two fought verbally, then physically.

At one point, Babcock grabbed a real hammer and tried to assault him with it. Police later found the hammer in the bushes where Beachem had discarded it earlier.

Babcock reportedly told the police she was trying to kill him by swinging the hammer.

Both were arrested after police took their statements and noticed physical injuries and property damage.

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