Records: Teen charged with felony after biting baby's ear off

    Juvenal Morales / Cameron County Sheriff's Office photo

    A Cameron County sheriff's deputy arrested a teen Monday after he was accused of biting off a "large portion" of a 2-month-old baby's ear, according to an affidavit in the case.

    Juvenal Morales, 17, was charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, a first-degree felony.

    The 2-month-old baby was hospitalized at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen where the deputy met with the mother of the boy.

    The mom told the deputy that Morales was seen with his mouth around her baby's ear as he was "grinding his teeth," according to the affidavit.

    The alleged crime happened near San Benito on the 23000 block of U.S. Highway 281.

    The woman asked her boyfriend to feed the baby before he bit part of his the 2-month-old's ear off, records show.

    The mom also told authorities Morales threatened to kill her.

    That's when they went to a neighbor's house to seek help, and the baby was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

    A judge set his bond at $60,000 on the injury to a child charge.

    A first-degree felony is punishable by five to 99 years in jail and a fine up to $10,000.

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