Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Love at first Byte

Love in Wisconsin!

A Sheboygan woman accused of biting off her husband’s tongue while kissing him was charged this morning with felony mayhem and ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.

Karen Lueders, 57, of 2833 Windepoint Court, allegedly severed half of Willard Lueders’ tongue about 11 p.m. Monday, police said.

She now faces a rarely used felony – related to intentional disfigurement or mutilation – that carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.

Karen Lueders made an initial appearance this morning before Judge L. Edward Stengel, but that was adjourned when Stengel ordered that she undergo a mental evaluation.
“There is certainly a basis for the court to question her ability to understand the nature of these proceedings and assist in her defense,” Stengel said.
Assistant District Attorney Jim Haasch had requested the evaluation, calling the behavior “very bizarre to say the least.” He said Karen Lueders had experienced “very manic episodes” of late.
Stengel ordered her held on a $5,000 cash bond.
Karen Lueders did not speak during the court appearance, but she leaned over to a reporter as she was escorted out in handcuffs, saying, “I love you, it’s too bad you don’t listen.” While leaving the courtroom she continued in the same sing-song voice, saying, “I love you. Karen Lueders.”

The complaint filed this morning said Karen Lueders was “still carrying a New Year’s horn in her hand and singing Christmas carols” outside her house as the first police officers arrived on scene.

As officers asked what kind of help was needed, she blew the horn in the officer’s ear. She also threw a coffee cup at police.

Police found Willard Lueders, 79, in a bedroom holding gauze to his mouth.

Emergency responders told police his tongue had been bitten off, and he confirmed by nodding to officers’ questions that his wife bit off his tongue.

Lueders also told officers she had bitten off her husband's tongue.

Police had come to the home in response to a 911 call from William Lueders.
In a later written statement, he said the incident began when he went into the bathroom while his wife was on the toilet.

When he leaned over to kiss her, she went into a “manic state,” grabbing his genitals and biting off his tongue.

Willard Lueders said his wife had been behaving oddly in the preceding days, speaking very fast and talking about spiritual things.

Willard Lueders was taken to Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and then transferred to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa, where doctors were working to reattach the tongue.

About half of his tongue was bitten off.

Online court records list no prior convictions for Karen Lueders.

... and they didn't say what kind of trailer they lived in!!


S.W. Anderson said...

On the bright side, Karen didn't swallow the half tongue. So, at least there's a chance it can be fixed.

If her lawyer's on the ball that and a psychiatric assessment should get her down to a few months in a mental institution. Still, her fellow patients would be wise to shun any goodbye kisses when her time there is up. You never know.

okjimm said...

word is that she has apologized.... but everyone says she was merely speaking 'tongue in cheek'

susan said...

I've heard that natural teeth bite with 200+ lb of pressure but dentures only at 25 lb. Could be a solution there.

Randal Graves said...

Bite the tongue that feeds?

sunshine said...

And really.... who kisses someone while they're on the toilet????
He deserved it! ;p


Liberality said...

She was obviously having a nervous breakdown of some sort. I have been married for nearly 30 years and I still don't let my husband in the bathroom when I'm on the throne, let alone let him KISS me!!!

okjimm said...

.... well, it just goes to show you.... no matter where you live.... there are worms in the woodwork!!!! My buddy is the City Editor at our Daily News.... they had a lotta fun with the story.

Distributorcap said...

i think a beer would have been a better way to go

Distributorcap said...

i think a beer would have been a better way to go

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