GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - Authorities said Tuesday that a woman is in custody after she drugged her estranged husband, tied him to a bed, cut off his penis with a large knife and threw it down a garbage disposal.
Police Lt. Jeff Nightengale said 48-year-old Catherine Kieu Becker drugged a meal and fed it to the 51-year-old victim, whose name was not released, shortly before the attack Monday night.
Nightengale said the man felt sick, went to lie down and lost consciousness. He said Becker then tied the victim's arms and legs to the bed with rope and attacked him with the 10-inch knife as he awoke.
"He was conscious when his penis was removed," Nightengale said.
He said Becker then put the penis in the garbage disposal and turned it on.
Nightengale said Becker called 911 to report a medical emergency and acknowledged the crime to responding officers.
The victim was found tied to the bed, bleeding profusely.
Bail for Becker was set at $1 million after she was booked for investigation of aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, poisoning and spousal abuse.
The victim underwent surgery and was in serious condition at the University of California at Irvine Medical Center in Orange.
Becker is due in court Wednesday. A telephone listing for her residence could not be located.
The couple was reportedly in the process of a divorce.
A call to the hospital was not immediately returned.