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June 14, 2014

N.H. woman accused of biting man's lower lip off

NEWBURYPORT — A New Hampshire woman is being held without bail while awaiting a dangerousness hearing after choosing an excessive way of showing displeasure with her date by allegedly biting off his lip while the couple was kissing.

Jacquelyn Laurence, 22, of 2 Fairway Drive, Apt. 352, Derry, N.H., was arraigned on the misdemeanor charge of mayhem yesterday at Newburyport District Court after being arrested by Newburyport police earlier, following an altercation between the couple as they walked down local streets.

According to the police report by Newburyport officer Charles Ferlauto, at about 1 a.m. yesterday he was dispatched to the corner of High and Winter streets in response to a report of a man bleeding. Ferlauto found the 26-year old male with his lower lip maimed and bleeding badly.

Ferlauto wrote the victim, a Newburyport resident and musician, said he and his band had played earlier at a local restaurant where they met a friend and some girls. The group eventually left and visited several local bars in the downtown area, Ferlauto wrote.

While Ferlauto was with the victim, Sgt. Charles Eaton and Officer Megan Muldowney arrived at the scene after a related noise complaint at another location led Muldowney to identify a suspect and her location.

According to her report, the victim expanded on the story to Muldowney. While walking back to his house, the victim claimed Laurence began kissing him and “was all over him,” but at some point bit his lip completely off and then ran away.

Muldowney was able to locate pieces of the victim’s lip on the street nearby. He was transported to Anna Jaques and then transferred to Beth Israel in Boston for treatment.

Police found Laurence on Vernon Street not far from the victim, with dried blood on her clothing. She told them she was waiting for a ride home since she had been drinking and couldn’t drive. She was read her Miranda rights, arrested, handcuffed and brought back to the station for booking.

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