Convict Bites Off More Than He Can Chew

An Enfield inmate has put a price on his lost ear - $15,000. He’s going after the inmate he says bit it off and the warden he says should have done something to prevent it.

The alleged attack happened in January 2008 in the Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Enfield.

Joel German, 37, formerly of Ansonia, filed a lawsuit Monday Milford Superior Court. He is suing fellow inmate Jeffrey Skelly, 50, of Bridgeport, and Bruce Cuscovitch, the warden of the prison.
The lawsuit claims that Skelly tried to stab German in the eye with a pencil and then bit off part of German’s earlobe.

The warden, German says, is culpable because he didn't do anything to prevent the possibility of losing lobes.

Cuscovitch failed to properly train guards, or to install adequate policies and procedures to protect inmates from each other, the suit claims.
German says he suffered serious injury, severe shock and mental anguish and wants more than $15,000.

Skelly is serving time for manslaughter, while German is jailed for assault.
Prison officials have not commented on the suit, the Connecticut Post reports, and German and Skelly have since been moved.

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