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Lillington Woman Accused of Castrating Acquaintance

Posted December 28, 2006
Updated December 11, 2007

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— A Harnett County woman faces felony charges after police say she castrated an acquaintance.

Rebecca Arnold Dawson, 34, is accused of grabbing the genitals of a 38-year-old Kevin Russ during a fight that erupted early Tuesday morning at a party hosted by Russ' girlfriend. All three were heavily intoxicated, Lillington Police Chief Frank Powers said.

"I believe he needed more than 50 stitches to repair the damage, but he is back home at this point," police Cpl. Brad Stevens said Friday. "All we can tell you is that the injury was done with her hands. There were no weapons used."

Witnesses gave conflicting stories to police, who discovered a bloody scene after being called to the home for a domestic disturbance, Powers said. Other details weren't provided.

Dawson faces felony counts of assault causing serious bodily injury, malicious conduct by a prisoner, injury to personal property and malicious castration. She was released from jail Wednesday on $50,000 bond.

North Carolina law describes malicious castration as cutting off, maiming or disfiguring a person's genitals with the intent to hurt or render the victim impotent.

Russ' medical condition was not immediately clear Thursday night.


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  • lpowell2006 Dec 30, 2006

    I'm not sure about this particular case, but I've personally experienced several unfortunate events at the hands of brutal men, and this type of response would have been appropriate and perhaps even better than what they really deserved/got instead. To the person who commented that she would "never consider doing something like that": You have obviously not been a victim of extreme physical/sexual abuse. Since most women, by nature, are not violent, before we judge someone's actions, we have to ask ourselves what would provoke someone to do something so very outside their nature?

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  • brando09scott Dec 29, 2006

    Sometimes things happen that are horrible and sometimes there really isn't a story or a justified reason. I am sure all parties involved have hoped that this was something that just hadn't happened.

  • BlindJustice Dec 29, 2006

    Criminal charges would not be applicable...

  • lizard2 Dec 29, 2006

    Mmm... malicious castration? As opposed to Good-Natured Castration?

  • brieflyunpublished Dec 29, 2006

    No matter how heated an argument gets between two people should someone be hurt like that. I love my husband dearly, but no matter what he did would I ever consider something like that.

  • iwideopen Dec 29, 2006

    To be honest with you as soon as I healed well enough to walk I would get revenge such that she would never be able to do that again to anybody !!!

  • hollylama Dec 29, 2006

    Two wrongs don't make a right but they certainly make for a good story. Also, is being "male" considered a type of species?
    In this case the explanation for mutilating revolved around intoxication which for some may be deemed as a type of "psychosis". Regardless, these were a group of adults that got drunk and a bad thing happened. I've heard worse stories of where intoxication lead to things far worse.

  • diwanicki Dec 29, 2006

    While I do agree with some of you, we should really wait til we get the whole story before saying things about what we THINK happen or WHY it happened. You don't know for sure he was cheating, or that he hurt her somehow. We need to hear all the facts first.

  • Snoopy Dec 29, 2006

    People are just crazy...LOL