Woman accused of biting officer’s ear off held without bail

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.

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