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      Man nearly bites off victim's lip during altercation

      Deng Kuot is charged with first degree assault.

      An altercation at a Sullivan County motel lands one man behind bars. Deng Kuot, 32, of Milan, is charged with first degree assault. He is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail under $50,000 cash only bond. According to court papers, the incident happened at the Milan Motel. When the officer arrived, he saw several black males standing outside. The victim had suffered a severe injury to his bottom lip. Investigators say the victim's lip was nearly severed after Kuot allegedly bit him.The victim was originally taken to Sullivan County Hospital, before being transferred to Northeast Regional Medical Center.

      Kuot is scheduled for initial arraignment Thursday in Sullivan County Associate Circuit Court.