, Salem, MA


June 16, 2014

NH woman accused of biting man's lip off

NEWBURYPORT — A New Hampshire woman is being held without bail while awaiting a dangerousness hearing after police said she bit off the lip of her date while they were kissing.

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

Newburyport District Court Judge Peter Doyle granted the prosecutor’s request that Laurence be held without bail for a dangerousness hearing, which is scheduled for tomorrow. At that hearing, a judge will determine whether Laurence is too dangerous to be allowed out on bail as the case proceeds through the court system.

According to the police report by Newburyport officer Charles Ferlauto, about 1 a.m. on Friday, 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 that 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, she bit his lip completely off and then ran away.

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

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