AN IPSWICH woman bit a female police officer's finger while she was being arrested for behaving in an unruly manner.
Springfield Lakes police were called to deal with Emma Marie Mimi's outburst about 9.20pm on May 7.
Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Mimi was holding a small child while screaming at two people in the front yard of a Brisbane home.
The officers asked Mimi, 20, what happened but she swore at them and walked away.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Adam McDonald said police attempted to restrain Mimi while a bystander removed the child from her arms but she became agitated and aggressive.
Mimi struggled violently and was laid on the ground so officers could handcuff her when she kicked a female officer in the stomach.
She then bit the same officer on the finger causing "extreme pain" and did not let go until a "closed hand" technique was used to force her to open her mouth.
A communicable disease test was ordered but it came back negative.
Mimi, who had no criminal history, pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer and serious assault.
She was given 12 months probation.
Defence lawyer Bill Leather said his client had been diagnosed with a personality disorder and had been drinking on the day.
"When she sobered up she apologised to the officer involved," Mr Leather said.
Mr Leather said Mimi was in an argument with a friend when police arrived and she lashed out because she believed someone was taking her child.
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told Mimi police had a difficult job and deserved not to be assaulted.
"They're in a particularly vulnerable position and they have to deal with people who are behaving irrationally and violently," Ms Sturgess said.
"You didn't achieve anything by behaving in this manner other than getting yourself charged with serious offences."