VIA| According to recent reports, a 23-year-old Florida woman is suffering immensely after being attack by a new roommate she met on Craigslist.
Danielle Jones placed an ad on Craigslist for a new roommate and was excited when 35-year-old Byron Mitchell quickly responded. He seemed to be a perfect fit—but things took an ugly turn on Valentine’s Day—the night of her 23rd birthday.
Danielle was reportedly assaulted by Byron during the night. He strangled her and cut here up, nearly killing her. Now, Danielle is in the hospital in a coma after suffering multiple injuries on her face and neck. Thanks to her brain injury, she may never wake up again.
“I’m still in shock, I can’t comprehend that someone can do this to someone—mutilate them in such a way and try to kill them,” Danielle’s mother, Aimee Nikolove told reporters. “My daughter’s face is cut up like he was going to take her face off. She has a brain injury, no one knows what the prognosis is.”
Byron has tried to claim that his actions were self-defense, but he is being charged with attempted murder and is currently in custody at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
“She is in a coma, intubated and holding on to life,” Kaitlin Cabot, Danielle’s cousin told reporters. “If and when she wakes, she will need extensive care and rehabilitation. Please help her any way you can. Even if just with prayers…”
Danielle’s family has created a GoFundMe account to pay for the extensive healthcare Danielle requires. There current goal is $50,000.