A man still recovering from an attack by a former girlfriend accused of biting off the top of his ear received legal protection from her in an order approved by a Macomb County Circuit Court judge..
In court records seeking the personal protection order, Anthony Caruso, 36, said Danielle Nebelung, 31, was drunk and on prescription drugs early Saturday morning when she returned home from a night of a drinking, woke him and began arguing about bills and rent she owes him, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Caruso said he stepped out for a cigarette hoping that Nebelung, who he said takes antidepressants and other drugs to manage a bipolar condition, would calm down. When he came inside, he discovered she had thrown food all over the kitchen, bent spoons and knives on the countertop and destroyed other things, according to the records.
Caruso said Nebelung became “enraged” when he confronted her about her medication and began hitting him in the face with her fists, striking him five or six times before jumping on his back and attempting to strangle him.
He begged her three times to let him go before she began to tear back and forth on his ear with her teeth, “like a dog would,” Caruso said.
When he fought back and broke free, “she came off of me with a piece of my ear still in her mouth,” Caruso said. “She just looked at me, smiled at me and laughed with my ear in her mouth.”
Caruso ran from the house cand called emergency officials. Police found the missing part of his ear, which was re-attached at an area hospital where he was taken for treatment.
Caruso and Nebelung dated briefly for about three months and had lived together since Nov. 1, according to the court records Their romantic relationship ended Jan. 7, but she continued to live at the same house.
Nebelung was arraigned Monday in 41A District court on aggravated assault charges. Bond was set at $10,000.Her next court appearance is Monday