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Man allegedly beat woman for hour, bit off her ear

Man allegedly beat woman for hour, bit off her ear

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RACINE — A local man who allegedly bit off part of a woman’s ear has been charged with 11 counts — all as a repeater — including false imprisonment, mayhem, substantial battery and second-degree reckless endangerment, according to a criminal complaint.

Joshua J. Smith, 33, of the 1500 block of Augusta Street, allegedly bit and beat the victim for about an hour. If convicted of all counts, Smith faces up to 81½ years of imprisonment.

Police took the report of the alleged assault that occurred in the Augusta residence shortly after midnight on Thursday.

The woman said Smith had asked her for a ride earlier that night but she refused because he had been drinking and they’ve had problems before when he drank. When she arrived at the residence, Smith allegedly dragged her inside. She said she was able to put her child in a crib before Smith reportedly began beating her.

The woman said she kept apologizing, asking him to stop and tried to get away but Smith would reportedly grab her by the hair and drag her back. The alleged assault lasted for about an hour, according to the complaint. The victim said she was able to finally convince Smith to let her sleep and when she heard him go into another room, she climbed out of a window and ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

Officers observed multiple bite marks to the victim’s face, arms and hands, in addition to a split lip, swollen face and a portion of the left ear missing, which was found inside the residence in a hallway next to a clump of her hair. The portion was brought to the hospital but they were “not optimistic” they would be able to reattach it because of time passed, according to the complaint.

Smith, who had been released on bond in February with conditions to not contact the victim, did not want to talk with officers about the alleged incident, according to the complaint.

A cash bond of $100,000 was set during Smith’s initial appearance Thursday and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 12 at 9 a.m.

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