A Socastee woman is facing charges in the stabbing death Thursday of her boyfriend of about nine months, Horry County police said.
Police charged Tennille Lois Beatty, 32, with voluntary manslaughter after officers went to 5375 Sea Oats Drive around 2:30 a.m. Thursday for a reported domestic dispute.
She is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway.
The incident at Strand Village Mobile Home Park is the second deadly domestic violence incident this year in Horry County.
Lt. Jamie DeBari with the Horry County Police Department said Ryan Littlefield, 35, was found dead in the kitchen of the home when police arrived.
Littlefield died from multiple stab wounds,
according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Chris Burroughs.
Police have not said what the couple, who each have two children with other people, argued about before the stabbing.
Police had not had other calls at the Sea Oats Drive address concerning Littlefield or Beatty, according to Horry County police records.
JoAnne Patterson, director for Citizens Against Spouse Abuse, said in spite of the two fatal domestic-related incidents so far this year there has been no noticeable increase in domestic violence in Horry and Georgetown counties.
No deaths related to domestic violence have been reported in Georgetown County this year, according to domestic violence victim advocates.
Patterson also said neither Littlefield nor Beatty had contacted the agency about abuse in the past.
Criminal background checks from the State Law Enforcement Division showed no criminal history for Beatty or Littlefield in South Carolina.