Man bites off wife's eyelid in fight

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(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - A 32-year-old Clinton Township man could spend up to 10 years in jail if convicted of biting off his wife's eyelid during an argument.

Rahsaan Lavonte Thedford is being held in the Macomb County Jail on $100,000 bond. St. Clair Shores 40th District Court Judge Mark A. Fratarcangeli on Tuesday ordered Thedford's case bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court.

He's scheduled to be arraigned on one felony count of assault with intent to maim on June 13.

"I find this crime absolutely heinous," St. Clair Shores Police Detective Margaret Eidt said today. "In 18 years of being a police officer and detective, this is the first time I've ever seen a case like this."

Eidt said Thedford's wife called police from her car outside her St. Clair Shores home at 4 a.m. on May 8, Mother's Day.

The argument began when the woman told Thedford to leave her home, according to Eidt. The couple had been estranged after the woman's 17-year-old daughter was assaulted in February. Thedford has been charged with misdemeanor assault in that incident and the case is pending in 40th District Court.

In the Mother's Day incident, Thedford is accused of punching is wife in the face when: "He was on top of her, leaned over and bit her eyelid off," Eidt said.

Police caught him about a block away, trying to climb under a chain-link fence to hide in a yard, Eidt added.

Thedford's attorney, Robert Vandenbroucke, was not immediately available for comment this morning.

Detroit Free Press

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