Louisiana woman allegedly beats wife with bedpost for accidentally putting marijuana in washing machine

Louisiana woman allegedly beats wife with bedpost for accidentally putting marijuana in washing machine

A Louisiana woman has been arrested for allegedly beating her wife with a bedpost after she mistakenly placed marijuana inside the washing machine.

According to Pensacola News Journal, 30-year-old Ashley Perkins, of Youngsville, was arrested by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office on Monday, May 20, after deputies were called to a residence over an escalating argument between her and her wife, 47-year-old Ruth, that became physical.

An arrest report filed by the sheriff's office stated that the argument over the marijuana found in the washing machine ensued at around 7:45 am that morning when the pair were visiting family in Navarre.

When officers arrived at the residence, Perkins' wife complained that the argument had escalated to such an extent that the 30-year-old had beat Ruth on the head, legs, and left arm with a bedpost. Emergency medical technicians who were called to the scene to treat the victim told deputies that she may have suffered a fracture in her left arm during the attack. She was later transported to the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center with head bruising and a lacerated left arm.

In a conversation with investigators, Perkins admitted that their argument had erupted over the missing marijuana, which she found her wife had accidentally washed in the washing machine but categorically denied hitting her. 

Perkins has had previous run-ins with law enforcement as well (Source: Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office)

She reportedly claimed that the bedpost had been on the bed during their argument and that Ruth had sustained her injuries because she had cut herself after rolling over it on her own volition. The report stated that Perkins soon changed her story. During the ride to jail, she is said to have told investigators that the 47-year-old had injured herself after she had picked up the bedpost and started beating herself with it.

Perkins was charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability in connection to the incident and was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail on a $25,000 bond before she was released on Thursday, May 23.


Numerous sources reported that Perkins and Ruth had gotten married earlier this year and have several children between them. It appears as if this is not the first time that Perkins has found herself in trouble with the law either. According to the Daily Advertiser, in 2013, police in Youngsville had to trigger the shutdown of two schools in the area after the 30-year-old escaped from the Youngsville Police Department.

Authorities said she somehow managed to run while she was being processed on several warrants while still handcuffed. She was arrested shortly after and charged with aggravated escape from officers before being booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.


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