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Man charged with biting off ear lobe due in court

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 10:39 am

STAMFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut man is set to face a state judge on charges he bit off his cousin's ear lobe and swallowed it during a fight over loud music.

Twenty-seven-year-old Emilio Mendoza is scheduled to be arraigned on assault and other charges Wednesday in Stamford Superior Court.

Police in Stamford say Mendoza got upset early Monday morning when his cousin, 29-year-old Ruiz Clemente-Perez, asked him to turn down his music. Officers say Mendoza started a brawl by punching Clemente-Perez in the head and then bit off and swallowed his cousin's left ear lobe.

Officers say Clemente-Perez was bleeding and missing part of his ear when they arrived. He also suffered a broken nose and fractured eye socket.

Mendoza is detained on $100,000 bail. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.