A California woman is under arrest after allegedly cutting her husband's penis off. He is said to be in good condition following surgery.
Police responding to a call on Monday night to a house in Garden Grove found a man tied to a bed, bleeding profusely. Officers said the wife, 48-year-old Catherine Kieu Becker (left), told them that she drugged her husband's food to knock him out, tied him to the bed, and then cut his penis off with a ten-inch kitchen knife.
She threw the penis in the garbage disposal and called police.
She allegedly told police that her husband "deserved it," but provided no details as to why.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the couple began divorce proceedings in May after just a year and a half of marriage.
"On the surface, we have nothing more than the divorce proceeding," said Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department. "We don't have any strong motive leading to this level of violence."
Becker was arrested on suspicion of aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, poisoning and spousal abuse. She is being held on a million dollars bail.
The aggravated mayhem charge carries a life sentence.
"You're not just depriving a person of a member or portion of their body or disfiguring them," Nightengale said. "You're doing something that's so egregious we're not sure what's going to happen, if they're going to be able to reattach this or repair this person after such a violent attack
The Orange County Register was able to reach the husband by telephone at the hospital. The 48-year-old man, whose name was not released, would only say, "This is a private matter."