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GRAPHIC: Myrtle Beach mom recovers after man bites off her nose

GRAPHIC: Myrtle Beach mom recovers after man bites off her nose
Posted at 2:51 PM, Feb 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-18 14:51:38-05

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina -- A Myrtle Beach woman is recovering after she said her ex-boyfriend bit off half of her nose in a violent attack at a party earlier this month . Michele Messer, a mother of two, told WMBF the encounter with her ex-boyfriend started off fine. That changed though when they both got into her car.

"I remember him just beating me everywhere, punching me everywhere, mainly in the face," Messer said. "I remember feeling his teeth on my face, and then I remember coming to. I asked him what happened, and he was just like 'I bit your nose off.'"

At first, Messer said , she did not believe the story. Then, she looked down.

"I just saw blood pouring from my face, and then I just kind of looked around and saw blood, smeared and everywhere in my van all over," she said.

A witness called police who arrested the ex-boyfriend. He was later charged with criminal domestic violence. Messer wanted him charged with a more serious charge.

"I was outraged. I remember calling and I was like 'why is that?' I'm sitting here permanently disfigured, a body part is missing and he intended to kill me. That was his intent. I mean, it was very clear what he said to me," she said.

Police later changed the charge to attempted murder.

"Even though we've got the charges upgraded, that's still not even half the battle, because between the pleas and the charges being suspended, you know, these men are still walking around every single day," she added.

Messer said she wanted to tell her story to encourage other domestic violence victims to speak out and get help.