MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man is in jail, accused of slamming a woman’s head into a toilet so hard it broke.
Sanford Swayzer is charged with aggravated burglary and domestic assault.
The victim, Meidra Matthews, had two black eyes and a cut on her head when she talked to WREG. She told us this is far from the first time Swayzer has gotten violent with her.
“He rammed my head through the toilet bowl,” she said. “There’s blood all through my house.”
Matthews has partially healed bruises and cuts cover much of her body. She said all were left by her boyfriend, Swayzer.
Matthews said she, Swayzer and friends were at her house in the 500 block of Belt Line near the fairgrounds Tuesday. After everyone left, she said Swayzer came back.
“Later on that night…I don’t know what ticked him off, but whatever ticked him off, he came through the window. I was in the room watching TV,” she said. “He came through the window and started putting his hands on me.”
A police report shows Swayzer punched and kicked Matthews, chased her to the bathroom, and only stopped hitting her head on the toilet when she promised to “clean up.”
A neighbor told WREG she has seen Swayzer beat Matthews before and has tried to help.
“She asked me to help her, and that’s what I did, because I’m a woman. I went through domestic violence, and I don’t like that.”
The neighbor said she is thankful Swayzer is behind bars, but thinks changes have to be made before women are really safe in Memphis.
“There are a lot of men who get off scot-free when they beat a woman,” she said. “The woman goes to jail too, and that’s not fair. She got beat up bad and has to go to jail too, because she was trying to defend herself and get him off of her. What are we supposed to do? Just let them beat us to death?”
Swayzer has a bond set at $30,000. He is supposed to be in court on Tuesday.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there is help available.
The Family Safety Center, located at 1750 Madison Ave., provides counseling and other programs to help escape dangerous situations.
You can also call the YWCA’s 24-hour domestic abuse hotline at 901-725-4277.