Sheriff: Eddy County inmate bites off officer's finger
Posted at: 09/11/2012 12:01 PM
By: The Associated Press
CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Officials say an Eddy County Detention Center inmate on trial for sexual contact with a minor bit off a piece of an officer's finger in court.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that Eddy County Sheriff Ernie Mendoza said 29-year-old Adrian Dagnino chomped down on the officer's finger after he became disruptive.
Mendoza said Dagnino, a Mexican national, bit off the officer's pinkie finger down to the second knuckle.
He said the portion of the finger bitten off could not be re-attached.
The transport officer, 63-year-old Michael Sweeney, was transported to Carlsbad Medical Center where he was treated for his injury and later released.
Mendoza said Dagnino likely won't serve time in a New Mexico prison but will face deportation to Mexico. It was unclear if he had an attorney.
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