Report: Woman beaten in North Charleston critically hurt

William Thaddeus Graham

A woman who was badly beaten last weekend in North Charleston was left unable to talk and suffering possible internal injuries, according to a police report.

The 37-year-old Hollywood resident was critically injured after police said a man kicked her head and stomped on her face and ribs Saturday morning on O’Hear Avenue.

The woman is a taxi driver, and her relationship to a suspect in the crime had not been determined, according to the incident report.

A nurse at Medical University Hospital told police officers that the woman might have suffered facial fractures and internal bleeding, the report stated.

An update on her condition was not immediately available Tuesday. A hospital spokesman said he had no information to report on the woman’s name.

Her accused assailant, 34-year-old William Thaddeus Graham, remained in jail Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $75,000 bail. He faces a charge of first-degree assault and battery, a felony that carries up to 10 years in prison.

Graham lives on O’Hear Avenue near the apartment complex where the assault occurred.

Around 7 a.m. Saturday, officers from the North Charleston Police Department reported that they went to the home, where a resident who had dialed 911 said he heard a man yelling, “(Expletive), where’s my money? (Expletive), I’ll kill you!” The neighbor saw the man “stomp and kick the victim in her head, face, breast, stomach and rib area” as she screamed and begged for him to stop, the report stated.

A woman who lives at the complex also heard the commotion and opened the door to the home. The assailant looked up at the resident, then continued to beat the victim and ask, “Where is my money?” according to the report.

The assailant drove the woman’s taxi away from the scene, according to the document. Officers later captured Graham and found the cab on nearby St. Johns Avenue.

One of the witnesses later identified Graham as the woman’s assailant, the report stated.

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