(MCT) — A woman bit a man’s finger off Friday in self-defense, prosecutors said Sunday in Cook County Bond Court.
With a shotgun and shells in reach, Jerry Stevenson allegedly threatened to kill the 45-year-old woman and her twin children in their home in the 1600 block of South Hamlin Avenue during an argument in the early morning Friday, according to court records.
Fearing for her life, the woman ran from the house, according to court records.
But Stevenson, 37, caught up to the woman, wrapping his hands around her throat and choking her, prosecutors said.
When the woman realized one of Stevenson’s fingers was inside her mouth, she bit down hard and severed it, prosecutors said.
Stevenson was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where doctors were able to reattach his finger, according to prosecutors.
Charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery and assault and one count of felony domestic battery strangulation, Stevenson appeared in Cook County Bond Court Sunday with his left hand wrapped in fresh bandages.
A judge ordered Stevenson held in lieu of $250,000 bail. His next court date is Nov. 2.