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Man mutilates penis while high on drugs

TNS Regional News • Jun 26, 2013 at 7:07 PM

A Columbus man had a bad trip in Michigan last week.

After he set off an alarm, the 41-year-old man was found naked and covered in blood by sheriff’s deputies at a Ypsilanti Township middle school about 1 a.m. on June 18.

He was on his knees, screaming, with his hands between his legs.

“There was a significant amount of blood at his waist, legs and groin area,” Sgt. Geoff Fox of the Washtenaw County sheriff’s office said yesterday.

Six deputies subdued the man and put him into an ambulance.

That’s when they noticed the self-inflicted damage — he had tried to claw off his scrotum and penis with his bare hands.

It wasn’t until a few days later, when deputies were able to interview the man, that he explained what might have prompted the attempted castration: bad hallucinogenic mushrooms he had bought while visiting friends in Ypsilanti.

“He’d taken those prior to him flipping out,” Fox said.

Yesterday, the man remained hospitalized at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. Fox declined to identify him, saying he had not been charged.

Charges — such as disorderly conduct or breaking into the school — will be up to the prosecutor’s office, Fox said.


By Allison Manning - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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