Man Arrested For Washing Cursing Girlfriend's Mouth Out With Dawn Liquid Dish Detergent

Angered that his girlfriend ignored his demands to stop cursing, a Florida man allegedly washed her mouth out with soap, police allege.

John Vincent Caruso, 26, was arrested yesterday following a confrontation with Stephanie Madewell, 20, in the home they share with their two children.

Madewell told Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies that she had been arguing with Caruso early last night when he warned that, "if she raised her voice again he would put soap in her mouth."

While Madewell was seated on a couch, Caruso "came up behind her" and "put a bottle of liquid dish soap in her mouth and squeezed the bottle," according to a sheriff's report. Madewell, who said that the Dawn soap "went into her mouth and throat," told deputies that as she sought to knock the bottle out of Caruso's hand, he pulled it out of her mouth, slicing her lip in the process.

A deputy reported that Madewell had a cut on her upper lip, and that there was "dried up dish soap on her right cheek/chin and down her neck into her bra and shirt."

When questioned by a deputy, Caruso "admitted he squirted soap into Stephanie's mouth," according to a criminal complaint charging him with domestic battery.  Pictured in the adjacent mug shot, Caruso was booked into the Pasco County jail, where he remains in custody.

Before he was arrested, Caruso told an investigator that his parents used to put soap in his mouth. He added, strangely, that he "will still put soap in his mouth now out of respect for his parents."