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Woman charged with beating brother over potato salad

Posted May 27, 2010 1:21 p.m. EDT

— A Littleton woman is accused of beating up her brother during a family argument over day-old potato salad and steaks, according to the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

Maj. Bruce Temple said investigators believe that Brightstar Putney Mills, 45, assaulted her brother while he was being held down by Donnell Bryant Sr., 46, of Littleton.

The victim was beaten unconscious and suffered a fractured eye socket and a severe cut above the eye, Temple said. He was brought to Halifax Regional Medical Center, then transferred to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Mills, 45, was charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon. She was placed in the Halifax County jail under a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court June 30.

Bryant faces charges of assault inflicting serious bodily injury and felonious restraint. He remains at large.