South Dakota man accused of cutting off woman’s nipples

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man is accused of sitting on a woman and slicing off her nipples with a pair of scissors.

Police spokesman Sam Clemens says 45-year-old Tony Ledbetter attacked the woman during an argument Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with domestic aggravated assault.

The 39-year-old woman is hospitalized but no information about her condition has been released.

Clemens says the woman told investigators that Ledbetter also punched her, slammed her head on the ground and tried to stop her screaming by putting his forearm on her throat and stuffing a blanket in her mouth.

Ledbetter’s public defender, David Stuart, was out of the office early Wednesday and did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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