Woman Smashes Glass Over Boyfriend's Head For Not Having Dinner Ready, Police Say

A woman has been accused of breaking a glass cup over her boyfriend's head in a rage because he did not have dinner ready when she woke up, police have said.

Stacy Rose Zelaya-Sheff has been charged with domestic violence after her boyfriend told police she became irate and violent at a property in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, over an unfinished meal.

Officers arrived at the home in the 1100 block of North Oak Street on November 9 to reports of an assault.

The unnamed victim told police Zelaya-Sheff had been asleep prior to the incident and that "when she woke up she became angry because the dinner he was preparing was not ready," according to a police report seen by Newsweek.

Stacy Rose Zelaya-Sheff
Stacy Rose Zelaya-Sheff allegedly broke a glass cup over a man’s head in Myrtle Beach because he did not have dinner ready when she woke up, police say. Myrtle Beach Jail

Zelaya-Sheff allegedly began yelling, slapping the victim in the face, and breaking the glass over the back of the man's head when he tried to walk away.

"He tried to walk away when he got hit in the back of the head with a glass cup, causing it to break on his head," the police report read.

The officer on the scene noted "a small laceration to the back of the victim's head" and observed some minor bleeding. Small pieces of glass were also found on the man's shirt and neck.

Zelaya-Sheff is also accused of grabbing the victim's phone, throwing it on the floor and causing the screen to break. After the alleged attack, the man told police he left and walked to the police station for help.

When officers later arrived at the residence, Zelaya-Sheff appeared intoxicated after she answered the door, according to the report. Pressed about the claims, she told officers that she did not know what they were talking about and attempted to close the door.

Officers then removed her from the doorway, arrested her and took her to Myrtle Beach Jail, where she was charged with third-degree domestic violence.

Zelaya-Sheff has no prior convictions for domestic violence, the report noted. It added that she and the male victim had been dating for 2.5 years, and that the couple had been living together for almost a year.

Newsweek has contacted Myrtle Beach Police Department for comment.

The allegations come amid wider concerns about domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic.

As the pandemic triggered economic closures around the world, the United Nations cautioned about the "shadow pandemic" of domestic violence that could occur because families were unable to leave home as often as they did before the crisis.

In April, Newsweek reported that it was estimated there could be 31 million new cases of domestic violence globally if the coronavirus lockdowns continue for six more months, according to a report published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, about 12 million people every year experience some kind of violence perpetrated by their partner, and about 15 percent of all women and 10 percent of all men in the U.S. have been injured due to these violent acts at some point in their life.