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A woman suffering from postpartum-depression and other mental health issues was charged after she punched, bit and tried to “rip off” her husband’s penis at a residence in the 3400 block of Ivy Lane on Monday, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

The 28-year-old Caledonia woman was charged with a misdemeanor count of battery – domestic abuse, disorderly conduct – domestic abuse assessments, and a misdemeanor count of bail jumping. If convicted, the woman faces up to one year, three months in prison and/or fines up to $21,000.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman had been drinking and had just starting taking her medication for a mental health issue when she confronted her husband about cheating on her. She had also been evicted from her home earlier that day. The man refused to let the woman take their baby and her two children from the home, and the two started arguing.

A witness told an officer with the Caledonia Police Department that the woman lunged at her mother-in-law, who was holding the baby, and knocked her down to the ground. She then lunged at her husband, who lost his shirt and his pants were pulled down.

The woman “began hitting him with a closed fist and opened hand approximately 13 times, as well as bit him in his left shoulder.” She also “grabbed his penis in a violent manner as if she wanted to rip it off,” and the woman “refused to release his penis, she ended up on the ground,” according to the complaint.

The man had several scrapes and scratches, but did not seek medical treatment. He told police that he didn’t want the woman arrested, but wanted her to get help for her mental health issues.

During the altercation, the man pushed the woman and she got a black eye.

Bail was set at $500 for the woman, who is expected to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 4.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.

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