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Woman accused of biting off boyfriend`s tongue after Valentine`s dispute

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Elaine Cook and her boyfriend of 10 months went out last week for Valentine's Day, returned to her apartment and got in a fight.

She asked him to leave, but he wanted to end the argument. So he leaned in for a kiss. And that's when she bit his tongue off, prosecutors said.

Now the 51-year-old Cook, of the 9400 block of Lockwood in Skokie, is charged with aggravated domestic battery and was held Sunday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

"The whole thing makes me kinda sad," the victim who didn't want his identity revealed, told FOX 32 News. "In one day, I lost half a tongue and my girlfriend."

Assistant State's Attorney Eve Reilly said the couple went back to Cook's apartment after going out Friday and began to quarrel. Reilly said Cook's boyfriend went to put his shoes on after Cook asked him to leave.

"We weren't getting along very well," the man says. "But, I didn't think it would be this bad."

Then, the boyfriend said they should stop fighting and went in to kiss her. That's when Cook "bit off a large portion of his tongue."

"Yeah, I've done it before," the man says of the kiss and makeup technique. "We have arguments, and I come in and grab her, ‘stop this,' try to kiss her. It's worked before and I thought it would work now."

Cook's boyfriend ran to a sink in the kitchen, Reilly said, and Cook followed and threw the tongue on a counter. The boyfriend put it in a bag of ice, Reilly said, and he and Cook's roommate called 911.

Elaine Cook's Facebook page shows the couple in happier times. She even posted a few months ago that, "he makes me smile every day." She now sits in jail, while her boyfriend focuses on getting better.

An ambulance took the boyfriend to Evanston Hospital, but doctors could not reattach the tongue because of an inadequate blood supply.

"My tongue is swollen like a rock," the man says. "There are also sutures in it right now, so it's not going to work out well."

The victim is recovering very slowly, but his speech is expected to get better and he should get feeling back in his tongue.

When asked if he planned on forgiving Cook, he said he's not sure if he wants to, but then said, "there is always room for that." He plans on talking to Cook at some point, for closure.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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