All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer 1st Class Wes Smith reports the following:
On 07/14/19 at approximately 0910 hours I, OFC Wes Smith, and Cpl. K. May, responded to Ouachita Ave; Holiday Motel in reference to a domestic battery in progress.
Officers made contact with the suspect, LaDuska Person, who was observed having fresh blood on her arms. Person stated that the blood was old. Person stated that she and her boyfriend got into a physical altercation on the bed in the room. When officers made contact with the boyfriend he was observed having blood down the right side of his shirt and was holding a towel to the right side of his face. When the boyfriend removed the towel officers observed that the bottom portion of his ear was severed. He advised that Person attempted to hit him, when he held her down to restrain her. While doing so, he stated that Person bit his ear, causing the injury we observed.
While Person was in custody, she spontaneously stated that she bit his ear and her boyfriend did not hit her. Person was then instructed that officers would only speak with her after her Miranda rights were read to her.
Post Miranda, Person went on to say that she became very upset at her boyfriend and was shaking, so he grabbed a hold of her and restrained her on the bed. Person advised she then bit his ear. Person was asked about an old scratch and old bruise on her face and she advised that those injuries were indeed old and were not caused by he boyfriend. She confirmed that she sustained no injuries during the altercation that the officers responded to.
Lifenet confirmed that the boyfriend would need to be transported for medical attention immediately and that it was not certain if his ear could be fully repaired.
Ms. Person was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. She was served with a Failure To Appear Warrant and charged with Felony Domestic Battery 2nd Degree with no bond.