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Report: Woman holds knife to infant's throat during fight with boyfriend

Ella Martha Rush. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Ella Martha Rush. Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A woman held a knife to an infant’s throat during a fight with her on-again-off-again boyfriend at a Myrtle Beach residence early Tuesday morning, according to a Myrtle Beach Police report.

Officers responded to a home on 13th Avenue South at about 2 a.m. to find a 52-year-old man holding 41-year-old Ella Rush to ground, the report states. Rush was holding an infant child.

Police spoke to the boyfriend, who said that Rush arrived at the home after midnight to pick up some items, and they got into an argument over an active warrant that Rush had. According to the report, she said “if she was going down she would go down for something serious.” That’s when Rush reportedly grabbed a knife and held it to the infant child’s neck while threatening to hurt or kill the baby.

Rush then came at the boyfriend with the knife, while holding the baby, and cut him in the arm, the report states. The boyfriend then grabbed the knife and they both fell to the ground. He said all this happened while he was trying to call 911 and tell the dispatcher to hurry to the house for help.

Rush told police that the boyfriend became angry because she did not want to have sexual relations with him, and claimed that he punched her with a closed fist five or six times. She said her legs were scratched from glass when the kitchen table shattered.

Rush did have an active warrant for domestic violence and was placed under arrest, according to the report. She chose to go to the hospital, and an officer who rode along with her in the ambulance found a crack pipe in her purse.

Rush did not have any signs of visible injury aside from the scratch on her leg, the report states, and the boyfriend did have an apparent scratch on his arm in the area where he claims Rush tried to cut him.

The report states that Rush and the boyfriend have been together on-and-off for about three years, and have one child in common.

As of Wednesday morning, Rush remained incarcerated at the Horry County Detention Center on charges of domestic violence, second degree, and domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Bond was set at $10,000 total.

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