A Delaware woman was beaten unconscious while on a January vacation in the Dominican Republic, according to her viral Facebook post.
Tammy Lawrence-Daley of Wilmington posted a full account of her trip Wednesday, which ended with a five-day hospital stay. She says the attack nearly killed her.
“I was kicked in the head, I was beaten with a club,” Lawrence-Daley wrote. “And then strangled again for the kill.”
Lawrence-Daley shared the account along with three pictures — one that displays her normal appearance and two of her in a hospital bed with significant bruises and cuts on her face. The post has received more than 146,000 shares on Facebook.
The attack occurred at the Majestic Elegance Resort where Lawrence-Daley, her husband and two friends were staying, according to the Facebook post. She said her attacker was wearing a uniform with the resort logo but that because she couldn’t identify the attacker the resort is claiming no responsibility.
“The safety and well-being of our guests and employees are, and will continue to be, of paramount importance to Majestic Resorts,” the resort said in a statement issued Friday night. “We emphasize that since the occurrence of this regrettable event we have treated Mrs. Lawrence-Daley situation with due diligence and attention.”
The resort added that it regularly updates its safety protocols and that it is working closely with local authorities who are investigating the matter.
On the second day of their trip, Lawrence-Daley and her group returned to their rooms around 10:30 p.m. after attending a show, according to the post. She said that she then called room service multiple times but was told they were no longer serving.
She told her husband that she was going to the lounge in their building to get a snack but, according to the post, she decided to go past their lounge to the lounge in the next building, which was on the beach, to get pictures of the moon on the water.
It was in the rotunda between the two buildings, Lawrence-Daley says, that a man “plowed into her from behind” and pulled her into an unlocked maintenance room.
“As I went through the rotunda between buildings, I noticed there wasn’t anyone in the hallway,” Lawrence-Daley wrote. “Not majorly odd, but still eerily quiet. I took about 10 or so steps just swinging my wristlet back and forth, not a care in the world.
“That’s when I heard it. Heavy footsteps, one, two, three, four, then they sped up, and then before I could react I was plowed into from behind and immediately immobilized.”
Over the next eight hours, Lawrence-Daley said she was strangled multiple times to unconsciousness. She refrained from sharing all of the “gory details,” according to the post.
“My lifeless body was drug down concrete stairs to an underground wastewater area,” Lawrence-Daley wrote. “He disposed of my body into an area I refer to as the ‘hole.’
“I was unconscious multiple times during this savage attack, so I have no idea what else was done to me during that time. Somehow I survived. Again, I won’t go into all of the hell that I went through being basically ‘buried’ in that hell hole for so many hours.”
According to the post, Lawrence-Daley spent the next five days in an off-site hospital and had surgery. She said she is still dealing with several issues including nerve damage. She said she has taken on all of the medical expenses.
Lawrence-Daley said her husband and friends asked the front desk to search for her three times before security sent a team to the beach.
“The security at Majestic Elegance thought I was drunk somewhere,” Lawrence-Daley wrote.
Lawrence-Daley said she shared her story to make women more aware and to prevent what happened to her to happen to others.
“This man thought he killed me, but he failed. He is still out there, a predator, waiting for his next victim. Only the next woman may not be so fortunate.”
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