A Palm Bay man is accused of biting off the thumb of his on-and-off again girlfriend during a fight in a car.
The incident began Wednesday night with a call from a nurse at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said.
“The nurse advised (the victim) was treated for a severed left thumb, and that the woman continued to say, 'I can’t believe he bit my finger off,’” she said.
When Palm Bay police got to the hospital, the woman was gone. They went to her last known address, on University Boulevard, and found Melbourne police were already at the scene.
Martinez said the suspect, Ricardo Marquis Davis, confessed to biting off his significant other’s thumb and spitting it onto the floorboard of the car.
“He was driving to work, she works at a Taco Bell in Palm Bay,” Martinez said. “During the course of the drive down to work they got into a verbal argument, and she basically became upset. She kind of pushed his head, and he responded by biting (her thumb)."
Palm Bay police victim advocates are working to help the woman. Martinez said hospital staff were not able to reattach her thumb.
Davis, 35, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery.