An Evans man was arrested late Wednesday after his wife said he beat her with an ax handle.
Charles Carol Eatman, 79, of the 4600 block of La Pointe, was charged with aggravated assault.
Just before midnight Wednesday, Eatman’s 52-year-old son called authorities claiming Eatman and his mother were physically fighting. Eatman said he was sleeping and had no idea what deputies were talking about.
Eatman’s 77-year-old wife told deputies that they argued and her husband hit her with a wooden ax handle several times.
Deputies asked to see the injuries and found bruises covering the woman’s arms. Her legs and knees also were swollen and covered in bruises. She had bruises on her upper back and neck, swollen hand and fingers and bleeding wounds on her hand and knee.
Eatman’s wife said he’d beaten her with the ax handle since Sunday afternoon.
She was taken to Doctors Hospital, where medical personnel told deputies they found bruises on about 80 percent of her body.
Eatman is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jail records.