An ordinary Valentine's Day outing ended in bloodshed for one Illinois man after his girlfriend allegedly "bit off a large portion of his tongue" when he went in for a kiss.
According to prosecutors, 51-year-old Elaine Cook of Skokie and her 47-year-old boyfriend of 10 months got into a lover's spat after returning home from a date on Valentine's Day.
Cook eventually asked the unidentified man to leave, at which point Assistant State's Attorney Eve Reilly says he put on his shoes and headed for the door.
Before leaving he made one last attempt to patch things up.
"He told her they should stop fighting and went to kiss her," Reilly said, "and she bit off a large portion of his tongue."
The victim took off toward the sink with Cook just behind him. After she removed his tongue from her mouth, Cook tossed it on the counter and her boyfriend stuffed it into a bag with ice. He then phoned 911.
Unfortunately, doctors at Evanston Hospital were unable to reattach the tongue, but it seems the man is still capable of speech.
The Chicago Tribune reports that "most of the right side" of the man's tongue "is missing."
Cook, meanwhile, was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic battery. Her bail has been set at $100,000.
[mug shot via Chicago Tribune]