A mother from Delaware is opening up about a brutal assault she endured while enjoying a winter vacation with her husband and another couple at a five-star resort in the Dominican Republic. Tammy Lawrence-Daley sat down with WPVI and detailed what happened to her at the five-star Majestic Elegance resort in Punta Cana back in January.
On the second day of her vacation, Lawrence-Daley left her room to grab a snack when she was hit her from behind and knocked to the ground.
"He just plowed into my back, and I remember the grunt he made when he hit me," Lawrence-Daley told the news station. "It's in my nightmares."
The man then took her to a remote area of the basement and continued to assault her for nearly two hours. He hit her with a club, kicked her, and strangled her before leaving her to die.
"All I could think of is my husband is going to find me dead with my head bashed in," Lawrence-Daley said. "He used something to wrap around my throat to basically strangle me again, and at that point, I knew I was dead."
When her husband found her nearly eight hours later, she was clinging to life and was rushed to the hospital, where she spent five days undergoing multiple surgeries.
Lawrence-Daley says that the police were not helpful and her assailant is still on the loose. She also blasted the Majestic Elegance for refusing to help cover her medical costs or even offer a refund for the nightmare vacation.
"Police did find evidence of the blood smeared mop handle and a maintenance hat in the area I was found, but this means nothing in these countries," she wrote in a Facebook post. "Victims are not being compensated for medical or pain and suffering, and the resorts are not held liable. Majestic Elegance didn't offer to reimburse us for our vacation, let alone my current medical bills. Litigation went nowhere."