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Man cuts off nipples of pregnant ex-girlfriend during argument about their relationship

By Mason White 12:36 PM August 21, 2017
Tony Deval Ledbetter
Tony Deval Ledbetter
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) A man faces many years in prison for injuring his ex-girlfriend.

45-year-old Tony Deval Ledbetter of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was arrested and charged with eight counts of domestic assault after cutting off his on-again-off-again girlfriend’s nipples with a pair of scissors.

Police said that Ledbetter went to the home of his 39-year-old ex-girlfriend, and the two got into an argument about their relationship.

At one point Ledbetter choked the woman and he put a towel in her mouth to stop her from screaming. He then proceeded to cut off her nipples with scissors.

The victim eventually managed to get away from him. She ran out of the home and asked a passerby to call police.

In a deal with prosecutors, Ledbetter pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of 15 years, but prosecutors agreed to seek no more than 30 years in prison when he is sentenced.

A friend of the victim opened a GoFundMe page to help the victim.

The friend wrote: “Due to the serious nature of this violence and pending legal action, the victim’s name will remain anonymous.

“Please help financially support the woman who suffered this traumatic domestic violence.

“Here is her story: She is my best friend and my mentor, a hard-working employee, and single parent.

“She is pregnant with her abuser’s child.

“After a tenuous break-up, she and the abuser were discussing how to best get along when he punched her, slammed her head on the ground and tried to get her to stop screaming by putting pressure on her throat with his forearm and stuffing a blanket in her mouth.

“He grabbed a pair of scissors, sat on her, and cut off her nipples. She escaped and was rushed to the emergency room. Tests revealed that the unborn child was safe.

“Funds are needed for her reconstructive surgery, medical bills, home/utilities, and child care.”

So far, they raised $10,300 of their $250,000 goal.