SOUTHBRIDGE — A local man’s skull was visible after his girlfriend allegedly bit his forehead, police said.

Joyce Owens, 46, was arrested after police responded to her home at 116 Charlton Street, second floor rear apartment, for a report of a domestic disturbance on Wednesday, March 14. Southbridge Police said they were dispatched to the scene at approximately 8:30 p.m. and, upon arrival, they “observed a large amount of blood on the floor of the apartment.”

Police spoke with a 49-year-old man identified only as the live-in boyfriend of Ms. Owens. The man was bleeding heavily from his forehead, where “a large area of skin” was missing and his skull was visible to responding officers. An ambulance was requested on scene and the victim was transported to Harrington Memorial Hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

The unnamed victim told police the injury occurred during an argument with Ms. Owens, whom he identified as his girlfriend. Police said the man “stated that she bit him on his forehead during their argument, causing serious injury before fleeing their apartment on foot.” A search was conducted in the area for Ms. Owens, and police located her a short time later laying on a dirt floor in the basement of the apartment building. She was placed under arrest without further incident and transported to police headquarters on Mechanic Street. Ms. Owens was charged with mayhem and domestic assault and battery, and was arraigned in Dudley District Court on Thursday, March 15. She was held on bail. Police said the arresting officers were Sgt. John Fahey, Officer Eric Raymond, and Officer Ryan Chase.

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