Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Hudson woman bit off boyfriend's ear

Joanie Clark

Joanie Clark, 31

HUDSON — One thing is clear from the reports written Friday night: Jason Burleigh's ear was intact when he came home from a bar to the house he shares with his girlfriend.

When he left, it was not.

Joanie Clark, 31, said Burleigh came home drunk at 10 p.m. and was muttering mean words. She followed him into the bathroom, according to a Pasco sheriff's report. She says he swung first.

Clark said they pushed each other back and forth. At some point, she said, he pulled her hair so she clamped down on his ear.

Deputies tracked down Burleigh walking on the side of Cobblestone Drive, where he fell to the ground as they pulled up. First he said he was arguing with Clark when she bit his ear off. Then, after telling deputies he didn't want her to be arrested, he changed his story to say his ear was sliced by a thorn vine.

Deputies returned to the home at 12305 Quail Run Row and retrieved the missing half of Burleigh's left ear. He was then taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

Clark was charged with aggravated domestic battery. She was released Sunday on $5,000 bail.

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