Man Bites Off, Swallows Cousin's Ear in Brawl

Connecticut man asked cousin to turn down music, leading to fight

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 12, 2013 1:17 PM CST

(Newser) – Police in the United States say a man bit off his cousin's ear lobe and swallowed it during a fight over loud music. Officers in Connecticut charged 27-year-old Emilio Mendoza with first-degree assault and other crimes early yesterday in connection with the attack on his cousin, 29-year-old Ruiz Clemente-Perez.

Clemente-Perez told police that he asked Mendoza to turn down his loud music because he had to work in the morning, but Mendoza started punching him in the head. During the brawl, Mendoza allegedly bit off part of Clemente-Perez's left ear and swallowed it. Officers say Clemente-Perez was bleeding and missing part of his ear when they arrived. He also suffered a broken nose and fractured eye socket. Mendoza is detained on $100,000 bail. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

Vincent Van Gogh's 1887 painting Self-portrait.
Vincent Van Gogh's 1887 painting "Self-portrait."   (AP Photo/ Kroeller-Mueller Museum)
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