Muskegon Woman Has Finger Bitten Off In Fight Over Cigarette

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 18:41:59-04

Senta Staffney

MUSKEGON, Mich. — One woman is missing a digit after a fight over 50 cents and a cigarette resulted in her left ring finger being bitten off and spit out in a front yard Monday evening on Southern Avenue in Muskegon.

Danielle Lott, 46, lives on the 400 block of the street where the brawl occurred, had her finger bitten off just under the first knuckle, and after being transported to the hospital, found out that it cannot be reattached.

The woman charged with the biting, 47-year-old Senta Marlice Staffney, was charged with one count of resisting and obstructing police and one count of aggravated assault.  The two charges carry a combined jail sentence of up to three years.  Since she was charged as a second-time habitual offender, though, she could face up to four-and-a-half years behind bars if convicted.

According to police, Staffney agreed to sell Lott a cigarette for 50 cents, but gave her a dollar for two.  Staffney claimed Lott owed her 50 cents for something else, and that’s when the physical altercation began.  Police say that Staffney fled to her Eighth Street home after the fight, and wouldn’t let police in.  Her  preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 2.