Dayton woman accused in skillet attack charged with attempted murder

Dayton woman accused in skillet attack charged with attempted murder

DAYTON — A Dayton woman accused of hitting her boyfriend with a cast iron skillet and pouring water into his nose pleaded not guilty to attempted murder Thursday.

Vanessa Canty, 41, is also facing domestic violence and felonious assault charges.

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On March 14, Brian Jenkins woke up next to Canty in a pool of his own blood, read a statement of facts.

They were drinking at their Free Pike home earlier and Jenkins didn’t remember what happened.

“Brian asked Vanessa if she did this to him, to which she replied, ‘I should have killed you,’” read court documents.

He them went to a neighbor’s home and called 911.

Canty told investigators Jenkins assaulted her, “but appeared to only have old injuries,” according to the documents.

While in bed, the couple reportedly got into a physical fight and Canty kicked Jenkins out of bed.

Jenkins was too intoxicated to stand and Canty hit him with a cast iron skillet multiple times and poured a jug of water into his nose, read court documents.

Canty reportedly told investigators that Jenkins wasn’t very responsive and that she dragged him outside of the house by his foot while he was only wearing socks.

She locked Jenkins out of the house, but then let him inside when she heard him calling for her.

Canty and Jenkins went back to bed and when she woke up “she realized how badly she injured him,” read court documents.

Jenkins was taken to the hospital with a brain bleed, multiple fractures and three lacerations.

A judge sent Canty’s bond at $250,000 during her arraignment.

Her next court date is Tuesday.