Tavares Man Arrested After Biting Man’s Finger Off at Local Park

TAVARES, Florida—A Tavares man is being held in the Lake County Jail on $10,000 bond for biting part of a man’s finger off Sunday and admitting it to Tavares Police.

Shortly before 4: 30 p.m., TPD was notified that a man’s finger was bitten off at Summerall Park, 1001 Wells Avenue, Tavares and the victim was being treated at AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares, according to an arrest affidavit.

TPD responded to the hospital and the victim said while he was at the park, Daniel Jermaine Campbell, 37, approached him and asked if he knew where someone was. The victim said he pushed Campbell back and Campbell bit off his left index finger. The victim’s finger was missing from the knuckle up, the arresting officer noted in the affidavit.

PHOTO: City of Tavares

Another officer responded to the park to canvas for witnesses and did not find any but did find the victim’s finger and it was placed into evidence, according to the affidavit. The incident was not immediately reported, Lt. Sarah Coursey told Inside Lake. By the time the finger was found, it was not viable and could not be reattached.

Officers went to Campbell’s home in Tavares and after detaining Campbell, he made “several spontaneous utterances stating that ‘he (the victim) punched me first’ and ‘I bit his finger off because he put it in my mouth’,” the affidavit states.

Officers asked Campbell why he did not call police, and he reportedly told them he thought the victim, “had gave it up.”

Campbell was arrested for aggravated battery with great bodily harm and transported to LCJ.

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