SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman charged with biting off a portion of a rookie police officer’s ear during her arrest outside a Salem bar has been held without bail.
Emma Wiley pleaded not guilty Monday in to charges including mayhem, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.
Prosecutors say Patrolwoman Jessica Rondinelli responded to reports of a fight outside a city bar at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The police report says while Rondinelli was putting the 19-year-old Wiley in a cruiser, Wiley bit off a piece of the officer’s ear.
Doctors were unable to re-attach it.
Wiley’s attorney said his client is a Salem State University student who suffers from depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Rondinelli’s first police shift was July 1.