MICHIGAN CITY — A 38-year-old man lost a testicle during an argument with his girlfriend Thursday, leading to her arrest on battery charges.
Tara Danielle Pegues, 36, Michigan City, was charged with Level 6 felony domestic battery, Level 3 felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement after the incident that took place in her home in the 600 block of Spring Street.
Police were called to the residence at approximately 3:55 p.m. Thursday, according to reports from the Michigan City Police Department.
The initial call was made by a third party who was concerned after Pegues and the victim were heard arguing.
Upon arrival police could hear the couple shouting, but they said “everything was fine,” according to the reports. Both Pegues and the victim repeatedly told police the argument was only verbal and never turned physical.
But, as the victim was speaking with police, he “reached down and picked something up that had rolled onto the ground,” according to reports. Police said his posture changed immediately and he told police “his (scrotum) was cut” and that “his testicle had just fallen out onto the ground.”
He was transported to Franciscan Health Michigan City for treatment and told police a more detailed story.
According to reports, Pegues and the victim were arguing over his possible infidelity when she became abusive.
Officers observed a fresh laceration to the right side of the victim’s neck and right cheek, but the victim was unable to describe how those injuries occurred.
In the victim’s words, according to the police report, “she ‘snapped’ on him and he attempted to leave but she refused to allow him to leave … When he got to the front door, she grabbed his testicles, causing one of his testicles to become detached from his body.”
After obtaining a warrant based on the victim’s statement, police returned to arrest Pegues.
Police were unable to find a bloody knife in the home, but said in reports that the victim did not say he was cut by Pegues.
The warrant also included a search for narcotics due to the strong smell of marijuana coming from the residence, but only a small amount of marijuana was found.