Elderly Wife Accused In Frying Pan Attack Out On Bond

A woman who lawmen say bashed her husband over the head with an iron frying pan has been released from jail on bond.

Authorities say an argument over breakfast escalated with 85-year-old James Lewis raising his cane and ended with 71-year-old Rosie Lewis hitting her husband in the head several times at their Enfield home Friday morning.

Lieutenant Bobby Martin of the Halifax County Sheriff's Office said in a domestic situation, the suspect is put into jail under no bond. He said the suspect can go before a judge to make a plea for bond, which is what Lewis did. Her bond was $2500 unsecured.

Martin also told WITN News there had not been an arrest before on domestic charges.

A search on the North Carolina Department of Corrections did not show records for either the husband or wife.

A court appearance for Rosie Lewis is scheduled for August 26.



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A husband apparently didn't like his wife's cooking. Now she's arrested for hitting him over the head with a iron frying pan.

It happened Friday morning on Justice Branch Road in Enfield. Halifax County deputies say Rosie Lewis is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

The 85-year-old husband, James, was sent to the hospital where he got 50 stitches.

Deputies say the husband told his wife he didn't like what she cooked for breakfast that morning. The suspect cooked him another meal, and deputies say while this was going on another argument happened. It escalated when the husband picked up his cane and drew it back in an attempt to strike his wife. That's when deputies say Rosie Lewis picked up the frying pan and hit her husband several times, knocking him to the floor.

James Lewis is doing okay. His 71-year-old wife is in jail under no bond and has an August 26th court date.


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  • by wb Location: nc on Nov 12, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    All I got to say to Ms. Rosie is....Go ahead on Girlfriend!!! It was probably long over due. :)
  • by who's in the know Location: nc on Oct 21, 2009 at 03:47 PM
    how has miss rosie turned out in court? What was her fine? WITN let the viewer hear the results.
  • by What's Up? Location: Wonderland on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:11 AM
    Can we get an update? Please?!?
  • by Bumble on Aug 30, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    This seems like self defense since she remade the meal to appease him. He probably would have blinded her with the stick he threw at her. Who knows what he would have done to this elederly lady. Personally I glad it was a skillet and not something sharp. I suspect he'll recover and never strike her again. "Hard lesson learned". But then, maybe she will not remember.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 26, 2009 at 03:41 PM
    OK, WITN, today is the 26th, what happen to "Sweet Rosie"?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 26, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    Hey Granny, Mimi says you should not have hit the old coot. Mimi maybe you should show some responsibility and have your grandfather placed in a home if he is in such bad shape. I'm with you Granny, if he swings that walking stick, let go with that iron skillet.
  • by Kimberly Location: Plymouth on Aug 26, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    To Mimi: It is very unfortunate for your grandfather to have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. That is a terrible fate. I'm sure Mrs. Lewis was frustrated and exhausted. It is very difficult to care for someone with that disease and until you live through it, it's hard to accuse her of anything. I do not condone what she has done, but I'm sure this act was a desperate cry for assistance. Maybe she should be evaluated for dementia as well?
  • by Crystal Location: Greenville on Aug 25, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    Rosie Lewis is my hero!
  • by minnie Location: greenville on Aug 25, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    he should have kept his mouth close and ate what she had cooked,if not he should got up and cooked his own meal.that is the way to go grannie this is one for the women.
  • by WHOA Location: Atlanta, GA on Aug 25, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    This is soo funny and believable...my great grandparents argue alot...so I can see this happening...I'm sure this wasn't over eggs...this was over several decades....no scores worth of eggs, cheese eggs, sunny side up eggs, grits, cheese grits, bacon, sausage, toast etc...
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