‘Barking’ woman bites another

Published 11:28 pm Tuesday, March 23, 2010

As it turns out, her bite was worse than her bark.

Police arrested a 42-year-old woman Monday after she allegedly bit another woman’s finger, nearly severing it completely off, according to a police spokeswoman.

Lillian Blunt Beasley, 42, faces charges of malicious wounding, trespassing and using profane language.

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Police were called to a disturbance in the 400 block of Smith Street about 7:20 p.m., city spokeswoman Debbie George said. Upon arrival, they learned there had been a fight between two females. The victim had put her hand out to block the suspect, and the suspect allegedly bit the pinkie finger of the victim’s right hand, nearly severing it, George said.

“The victim said the suspect had been on the property earlier in the day and was told to leave,” she said. “The suspect came back [later] and confronted the victim.”

When officers arrived, the suspect was throwing herself in the mud and “barking,” George said.

She did not know about the medical condition of the victim.

Beasley was taken to Western Tidewater Regional Jail, where she is being held without bond.

George said police only get involved in mental evaluations if they feel the individual is a threat to herself or someone else. Since Beasley currently is incarcerated, she is not a threat, George said.