Charges: Wife bit off piece of husband's ear in argument over beer

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A woman has been charged after police say she bit her husband's ear off during a fight – about beer.

Jamie Antoinette Elrod, 37, of St. Cloud, was charged Monday with first-degree assault in connection with the Dec. 18 incident.

It's not clear from the criminal complaint why the couple was arguing about beer, but police did note Elrod appeared to be intoxicated when they responded to their home following the incident.

According to a criminal complaint:

Elrod called police around 9:30 p.m. that night because she was having a verbal argument with her husband after coming home from a bar.

When police arrived, they found her husband was missing a piece of his right ear – which they found on the floor in the bedroom. There was also blood spattered on the wall in the bedroom. Blood, along with broken dishes, was found in the kitchen as well.

Police spoke with the husband, who admitted Elrod was yelling at him about beer. He noted Elrod had been drinking, including a "hairy buffalo drink," adding she "gets out of hand when she has those."

When he went into the bedroom, Elrod went off at him, he told police.

Police said Elrod appeared intoxicated and when they asked her what happened to her husband's ear, she said she didn't know. But in a phone call from jail, Elrod admitted to bitting her husband's ear when he reached for her, and when he pulled back "she ripped his ear off."

If convicted, Elrod could face up to 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

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