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article imagePolice: South Carolina man misunderstands grandmother, beats her

By Arthur Weinreb     Aug 7, 2012 in Crime
Spartanburg - When Jesse Beam's grandmother said something to him, he thought she called him a chicken. So he went after her, chasing the senior when she tried to leave the house, and viciously injured her.
By all accounts she is a loving grandmother. When Evelyn, 67, returned home Saturday after a trip to the grocery store, she told Beam, 26, that she got some chicken salad for him. Beam, obviously not the brightest, thought she called him a chicken and yelled, "Don't call me chicken, again,"
The granny attempted to explain exactly what she said but Beam was having none of it. According to a report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, when Evelyn realized Beam was going to attack her, she tried to get out the front door. Beam then threw a bowl of food at her. But it didn't stop there.
Beam chased his granny and threw her down the front steps. He pushed her so hard she landed face first into the concrete pad at the bottom of the stairs. She managed to make it next door and police were called.
According to officers with the Sheriff's Office, Evelyn's nose was black and blue and appeared to be broken. She also had cuts, contusions, and scratches on her elbow, forearms, and knees.
As Huffington Post reports, a similar "chicken incident" occurred in the U.K. David Bell, 46, went crazy when his father Norman, 76, bought chicken from a supermarket instead of at KFC. The enraged son yelled and screamed at his elderly father who attempted to walk away. David blocked his path and continued yelling.
When David tried to headbutt his father, Norman managed to dodge the blow but fell. He suffered a serious hip fracture that required surgery and he spent 11 days in hospital.
The New York Daily News reports Beam is being held in jail in Spartanburg on $2,000 bail.
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