LOS ANGELES — A 69-year-old US woman who allegedly tried to cut off her husband's penis with a pair of heavy-duty scissors pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Virginia Valdez, who posted $100,000 bail and was freed from custody in December a few days after the alleged assault on her 62-year-old husband.

She was banned from any contact with her husband.

Valdez, charged with inflicting corporal injury on a spouse and assault with a deadly weapon, was ordered by a judge to appear in court again on April 10.

She was taken into custody Saturday, after officers were called to the couple's home in response to a complaint by her husband, the Palm Springs Police Department said at the time.

"Officers made contact with the 62-year-old male victim, who reported that his wife had attempted to sever his penis with scissors, resulting in injuries to the area," said spokeswoman Sgt. Melissa Desmarais.

"The victim received medical attention for treatment of a non-life threatening wound and has subsequently been released from the hospital," she added, declining to name the husband.

In July, a 48-year-old California woman, Catherine Kieu Becker, was charged with allegedly drugging her estranged husband's dinner then tying him to a bed and cutting off his male organ.

In 1993, John Wayne Bobbitt had his penis cut off by his wife Lorena, who drove away and threw away the member from a moving car. It was recovered and sewn back on, and Bobbitt subsequently found success as a porn movie actor.