Charges: Rochester woman bites off piece of man's thumb

She's been charged with two counts of assault.
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Edith Merrell

A Rochester woman is facing two charges of felony assault after allegedly biting off part of a man's thumb. 

Charges against Edith Antionette Merrell, 27, of Rochester, were formalized Monday, June 10 in Olmsted County District Court stemming from a June 7 incident at a northwest Rochester apartment complex. 

According to the criminal complaint, Rochester police officers were dispatched to the apartment building late Friday night after three people called to report an ongoing heated argument between a man and a woman. 

One caller told dispatch that there were young children near the man and woman and that the man was bleeding and the woman had a knife. 

An officer arrived at the apartment complex lobby and found the man standing against a wall, holding two sticks, with a large amount of blood dripping from his hand. 

Merrell was also in the lobby, yelling at the man and pointing a knife at him. 

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The man told police that he and Merrell have had an "off and on" relationship the past nine years, and they got into an argument that led to Merrell attacking him on the stairs. He said that when he tried to block her his thumb went into her mouth and she bit down. 

The police officer found the missing piece of the man's thumb on the floor, making note that the end of his thumb had been "completely removed." 

Merrell told police that the man pushed and hit her, and that when he grabbed her face his thumb went into her mouth, at which point she says she bit him. Merrell claimed the man had assaulted her and trashed her apartment earlier that day. 

Merrell has been charged with second-degree assault and third-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm. 

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