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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Feb. 20, 2015)– Michele Messer is recovering after she says an ex-boyfriend bit off half of her nose.
Messer says she broke up with Chris Campbell a few weeks before running into him the night of the alleged attack, WMBF reports.
According to Messer, she ran into Campbell at a party Feb. 7. When he asked her to talk outside, she didn’t think anything of it. But as soon as they got in her vehicle, Messer says everything changed.
“I remember him just beating me everywhere, punching me everywhere, mainly in the face,” Messer said.
Messer then felt him use his teeth.
“I remember feeling his teeth on my face, and then I remember coming to,” she recalled. “And I asked him what happened, and he was just like, ‘I bit your nose off.'”
Messer, in shock and numb, didn’t believe him at first.
“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 says Campbell then started to choke her and told her he had to kill her. She said she was able to reach the handle so she could open the door and fall out of the van. A witness then called police. Authorities originally charged Campbell with criminal domestic violence.
“I was outraged, I was outraged. 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 was worried he would come back. Authorities later changed Campbell’s charge to attempted murder after discovering his intent to kill Messer, the force he used and the fact that he choked her.
Right now, Messer, a mother of two, is relieved that the charges are more serious.
“It’s a blessing to know that I get to still be here with (my children), and they get to still be here with me. You know because I unintentionally put them in a really bad situation. The guilt eats me alive by that.”
Messer says the battle isn’t over yet.
“Even though, thank God, we’ve got the charges upgraded, 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.”