BENNINGTON - A Sandgate man is accused of biting his mother and assaulting other family members while heavily intoxicated.

Edward Weiss, 44, was ordered held without bail Tuesday after pleading not guilty in Vermont Superior Court to first degree aggravated domestic assault, two counts of domestic assault, and one count of simple assault.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Thomas Stange, on Monday at 10:05 p. m. he was dispatched to a home in Sandgate where he and other troopers met Weiss' parents outside. Weiss' father said his son was inside, heavily intoxicated and attacking people.

Troopers found Weiss inside with blood on his mouth and cheeks, and he ignored trooper's instructions while threatening them. He was taken to the ground and was placed in leg restraints and a spit hood. Police said he did seem quite intoxicated but he refused to provide a breath sample. The woman in the house told police that Weiss had become violent with her, tipped her over a chair and screamed that he would kill her before punching her in the face. She got up and attempted to calm him, but he threw her to the ground and she hit her head on a shelf. Once she was out of the house, she summoned Weiss' parents who live nearby. She declined medical attention. When Weiss' parents arrived, he attacked them. His father tried to restrain him. Weiss' mother intervened. Weiss bit her on the hand. Police said that the mother was told by doctors that her hand may have been broken by the bite.


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Weiss will be held pending a bail hearing. Deputy State's Attorney Jennifer Barrett said Weiss' parents are terrified of him and that he has been abusive in the past.