Sheboygan, Wisconsin resident, Karen Lueders, 57, bit her 79-year-old husband's tongue out of his mouth when he gave her a kiss a few days before Christmas.
It is unknown why Karen Lueders attacked her husband who is 22-years her senior on Dec. 6 2010 just before midnight. According to CBS.com William Lueders says his wife had a "manic" episode when she bit his tongue out of his mouth without cause during a mutual and consensual kiss between a married couple.
Shocked and stunned the elder Lueders recoiled in pain, and Karen Lueders calmly walked outside and joined other neighbors in singing Christmas carols to the neighborhood. While Karen's mania was occupied with singing, William called 911 to report the attack. Operators were unable to understand the nature of his call, as he was now unable to pronounce the simplest of words. Officers were dispatched to the home, and found William Lueders bloody and wounded. Karen remained outside, continuing to sing and carrying a loud holiday horn which she honked at officers.
Unable to speak William instead was asked a series of yes and no questions that he was able to answer with body movements. It was during this time that police were able to ascertain that it was his wife who had bitten off his tongue.
When police began to arrest Karen Lueders she attempted to evade arrest by throwing hot coffee at a police officer. She was charged with the causing "mayhem", a rare charge that carried a possible maximum sentence of 25-years in prison.
William Lueders was taken to a local hospital where his tongue was successfully reattached.
A full year later, Karen Lueders had her day in court. According to citypages.com a judge agreed that she had indeed broken the law, but opted not to charge her because evidence of the case showed that she had not taken her medications and was literally out of her mind. The Lueders' continue to live together, but as a condition of the case Karen is ordered to continue seeking outpatient therapy.