BCS employee resigns over domestic violence assault

Published 9:02pm Friday, February 15, 2013


A Beaufort County Schools custodian has resigned after being arrested last week and charged with assault inflicting serious injury.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an assault victim from staff at the Vidant-Beaufort Hospital’s emergency room the afternoon of Feb. 3, according the Maj. Kenneth Watson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Watson said the information investigators received was that injuries were sustained by Dia Lawrence, 31, during a domestic dispute on Hickory Drive, River Road Estates, in Washington. Lawrence was stabbed in the
lower back and head with a key, he said.

Deputies arrested Lawrence’s girlfriend, Betina Dildy, 37, on the assault charge. Dildy was held in the Beaufort County Detention Center with no bond.

“Anytime someone is arrested for a crime of domestic violence, they’re held up to 48 hours without the benefit of bond unless it’s set by a district court judge,” Watson explained, adding that the idea behind the provision was a “cooling off” period for the accused.

Sarah Hodges, public information officer for Beaufort County Schools, said Dildy tendered her resignation in the wake of the arrest.

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