Man who bit girl’s ear, lip arrested


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) – Police on Wednesday arrested a man they say bit off the lip and ear of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in attacks that left her so mutilated doctors could not fully repair the damage.

Bryan James, 34, put up a brief struggle after police stopped his vehicle to arrest him and the child’s mother, Jessica Silveria, 26, police said in a statement.

State and local police officers were tipped off that the two fugitives were planning to drive back into New Bedford after their names and photos were posted on the Massachusetts State Police most wanted list, police spokesman Capt. Richard Spirlet said.

The girl suffered human bites to the face in which she lost the upper part of her lip. Her ear was so mutilated that surgery could not return it to its natural state. The child suffered other human bites.