Police: Domestic incident triggered by cat litter spat

BUFORD - A spat over dirty cat litter boxes landed a Buford man in jail this week facing charges of domestic violence, according to Gwinnett police.

Edwin Todd Stein, 41, of 3139 Hidden Falls Drive was arrested Monday morning following a domestic quarrel at his home. He faces charges of battery and cruelty to children, third degree.

Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department records show Stein was released from jail Monday on $4,600 bond.

According to a Gwinnett police report, the incident started Sunday after Stein and his wife had a daylong argument over cat litter boxes that were not cleaned.

When police arrived after midnight, the verbal argument had apparently turned physical when Stein grabbed the woman by her feet and pulled her out of bed, then out of the room, the report said.

The commotion woke the couple's 5-year-old child, the report said. Stein locked himself in a guest bedroom while his wife contacted friends and police, according to the report.

Police documented bruises on each of the alleged victim's arms and later found Stein asleep on a daybed in the spare room, the report said.

Stein denied to police that he harmed his wife and maintained he had not been drinking, though officers detected "a slight odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from him," the report said.

Stein was transported to the Gwinnett County Detention Center without incident. He faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine if convicted of battery, according to Georgia law.

Stein face the third-degree cruelty to children charge, a misdemeanor, for allegedly allowing the youth to witness the abuse against his wife.