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Valentine’s Day Argument Leads to Woman Biting off Part of Boyfriend’s Tongue

Posted on in Assault & Battery

KerryValentine’s Day didn’t quite have a happy ending for one Skokie couple. Elaine Cook, 51, and her boyfriend of 10 months had gone out to dinner to celebrate the holiday, but got into an argument later in the evening back at the woman’s apartment.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Cook told her boyfriend to leave the apartment. He put his shoes on and began to leave, but in an effort to end the fight and make-up, he went back over to her and tried to kiss her and she bit off a large portion of his tongue.

He ran over to the sink, bleeding and Cook allegedly threw the tongue on the counter. The 47 year-old man put the tongue in a bag of ice and Cook’s roommate called 911.  Paramedics rushed the man to Evanston Hospital. Doctors were not able to reattach the tongue because of an inadequate blood supply.

Cook was arrested and charged with felony aggravated domestic battery. She is being held in lieu of $100,000 in bond court.  Her boyfriend told the Tribune that he has been at the doctor’s every day, has several stitches in his mouth and has trouble sleeping. He told the paper that most of the right side of his tongue is now missing.  During the interview, he said, "It makes me sick to my stomach that she's sitting in jail right now, but it's just out of my hands. I have to focus on getting better now."

The Tribune also reported that during her arraignment, as the prosecutor described the incident to the police, Cook shook her head repeatedly, which leads one to believe that there is more to this story then has been yet reported. If you are accused of domestic battery, or any other serious crime, contact a qualified Illinois criminal defense attorney to make sure you have experienced counsel representing you.

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