A Kanawha County man's ear has been bitten off in what officials say was a conflict related to a love relationship.

Kanawha County Sheriff Deputies say it happened during a fight at Sissonville.

They identified the victim as 22-year Terry Anderson, Jr.

Witnesses told deputies that Anderson's ex-girlfriend came to retrieve personal items from Anderson and after receiving those items, Anderson was attacked by 39-year old Terry Eugene Casto of Ripley.

The deputies says Casto is the woman's new boyfriend.

Casto allegedly bit Anderson's ear, causing it to completely detach.

Anderson also sustained additional facial injuries. He was taken to a Charleston hospital.

Deputies say Casto fled the scene, but turned himself in the following day.

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