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Man on PCP Bit Off Son's Thumb, Police Say

April 22, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A Phoenix man who told police he bit off his 2-year-old son's thumb, and apparently held it in his mouth for about six hours, was arrested on charges of child abuse and aggravated assault, authorities said.

Raymond Jones, 39, told detectives Saturday he had taken several hits of PCP and had swallowed his son's thumb because he wanted to mix their DNA, police said.

However, Jones coughed the thumb out while he was being interviewed by police.

The child was found alone, several blocks away at the entrance of the trailer park where they lived.

Doctors were not able to reattach the thumb.

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