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Michigan woman charged with mayhem

JACKSON, Mich., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman's lawyer says intoxication played a major role in a family fight that left his client charged with biting off part of her sister's nose.

Bobbie Smith, 27, Jonesville, was arraigned Tuesday on a number of charges, including mayhem, stemming from the incident that allegedly cost her 28-year-old sister, Sandra, about a third of her nose.

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Attorney David Lady said at the hearing both parties were "highly intoxicated" at the time of Sunday's altercation.

The apologetic defendant told the judge: "I love my sister. I was trying to take care of her."

Police told the Jackson Citizen-Patriot Bobbie Smith was combative when they arrived and busted up the interior of a squad car after she was cuffed and lodged in the backseat. Details of what started the fracas remained unclear.

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