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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A woman is recovering after an ex-boyfriend allegedly bit off half of her nose, according to CNN.
Michele Messer told CNN that she broke up with her boyfriend, Chris Campbell, a few weeks before running into him the night he allegedly attacked her.
Messer told CNN that Campbell asked her to talk outside, she thought nothing of it. Messer said everything changed as soon as they got in her vehicle.
“I remember him just beating me everywhere, punching me everywhere, mainly in the face,” Messer told CNN.
Messer told CNN that she then felt him use his teeth during the attack.
“I remember feeling his teeth on my face, and then I remember coming to… And I asked him what happened, and he was just like I bit your nose off,” Messer told CNN.
Messer told CNN that she was in shock and didn’t believe him at first.
“I was looking down, and I just saw blood pouring from my face, and then I just kind of looked around and saw blood, smeared and everywhere in my van .. All over,” Messer told CNN.
Messer told CNN that Campbell then started to choke her and told her he had to kill her.
According to CNN, Messer said she was able to get a hold of the door handle, and fall out of the van. A witness then called police.
CNN reports that authorities originally charged Campbell with criminal domestic violence.
“I was outraged,” Messer told CNN. “I remember calling, and I was like why is that… Like I’m sitting here permanently disfigured, a body part is missing and he intended to kill me that was his intent. I mean, it was very clear what he said to me.”
Messer claimed she was worried he would come back, according to CNN, but authorities changed Campbell’s charge to attempted murder. Messer told CNN that she is relieved the charges are more serious because she is a mother of two.
“It’s a blessing to know that I get to still be here with them, and they get to still be here with me,” Messer told CNN. “You know because I unintentionally put them in a really bad situation, and the guilt eats me alive by that.”
Messer told CNN that the battle isn’t over yet.
“Even though, thank god we’ve got the charges upgraded, Messer told CNN. “That’s still not even half the battle because between the pleas and the charges being suspended you know these men are still walking around every single day.”