Sheboygan, WI — Police responded to the home of 57-year-old Karen Lueders and her 79-year-old husband, Willard Lueders, late Monday evening after receiving a somewhat unintelligible 911 call from the man of the house.
Because the caller seemed to be having trouble speaking, an ambulance was dispatched along with police. When officers and paramedics arrived on scene, Karen was standing outside the house, New Year’s horn in hand, singing Christmas carols. When officers approached and asked how they could be of assistance, Karen reportedly blew the horn in the officer’s ear before tossing a cup of coffee at him.
Willard was found inside the house holding a piece of gauze in his mouth – nearly half of his tongue had been bitten off. Willard later told police, in a written statement, of course, that it all started when he went into the bathroom while his wife was on the toilet.
He said when he leaned over to give her a kiss, she went into a “manic state,” grabbed his junk and bit off his tongue. He stated that Karen had been behaving oddly in the preceding days, speaking very fast and talking about spiritual things. Though he insisted he didn’t want his wife arrested, she was taken into police custody.
Karen, who has no priors, was charged this morning with felony mayhem and ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. While being led out of the courtroom this morning, Karen reportedly leaned over to a reporter and said, “I love you, it’s too bad you don’t listen.” And as she walked out of the room, she sang, “I love you. Karen Lueders.” She’s being held on $5,000 cash bond.
Willard Lueders was taken to Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and then transferred to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa, where doctors were working to reattach the tongue.Tags: Biting, Wisconsin