Hammer attack lands husband in jail; bond $30,000

A Belle woman who is pregnant with her 12th child sustained a forehead wound July 30 that required seven sutures after an argument with her husband, Frankie Turner, allegedly turned violent.

Brenda Turner, mother of 11 children and 21 weeks pregnant with her 12th, received treatment at the scene, according to Belle Chief Deputy Marshal J. Elrod Kimbly. Brenda Turner reported that the argument escalated first when Frankie Turner struck her on the shoulder with a 12-inch hacksaw blade. A little while later, Brenda Turner said her husband threw a coffee can full of screws at her, at which time she told him if he threw anything else, she would call the police.

“You better call the police or an ambulance ‘cause you’re going to need them,’” Frankie Turner allegedly told his wife according to Kimbly's court documents. “I’m going to kill you.”

Brenda Turner told the police that she told him, “Then do it,” at which time he hurled a wooden-handled 12-ounce claw hammer at her, striking her in the forehead from a distance of approximately 12 feet.

According to court documents, Frankie Turner was taken into custody and transported to the Osage County jail for a 12-hour hold. He has been charged with domestic assault in the first degree, and bond was set at $30,000.