A Delaware mother’s Dominican Republic getaway with her husband and best friends turned into a hellish nightmare when she was beaten unconscious during an eight-hour-long “savage attack” at a resort and left for dead, the woman claimed.
Tammy Lawrence-Daley, 51, of Wilmington revealed the details of the horrific incident in a lengthy post on Facebook Wednesday — months after the bloody January assault in which she says she was nearly killed.
“How do you explain to your kids you were almost killed by some random stranger and that ‘Mommy is coming home, but I don’t look like myself’? How do you look into your parents eyes as they gaze upon your battered face telling them, ‘I’m okay, I’ll be okay,’” Lawrence-Daley began the online post.
“Now that I’ve had some time to heal, it’s time to tell my story, in the hopes that women will be more aware, and hopefully prevent what happened to me,” the mom wrote.
According to Lawrence-Daley, she took a vacation at the end of January with her husband and their best pals at the all-inclusive Majestic Elegance resort in Punta Cana.
The second day of the trip “brought sunshine and beach time” until the night, when things took an unexpected turn.
After the group attended a theater show and went dancing at the resort, they went back to their hotel rooms, where a hungry Lawrence-Daley called for room service.
Lawrence-Daley says she got a message that the kitchen was no longer serving food for the night, so she told her husband she was going to head downstairs to the building lounge “for a snack,” saying that she’d “be back in 5 minutes.”
“I ended up bypassing the lounge in our building, and opted to go to the lounge in the next building
which was on the beach,” Lawrence-Daley recalled. “I thought I could get some pictures of the moon on the water, but I never made it to the beach.”
Lawrence-Daley remembered how it was “eerily quiet” when she went through the rotunda between the buildings before she was suddenly attacked from behind by a man in a uniform with the resort logo.
“I took about 10 or so steps just swinging my wristlet back and forth, not a care in the world,” she wrote. “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.”
“His arms wrapped around me and he started pulling me immediately into an unlocked maintenance room,” Lawrence-Daley wrote as she noted that she won’t “go into the gory details of everything.”
She says she “fought with everything I had at that moment,” but her attacker “was too strong.”
“The next 8 hours brought me pain and fear. I was strangled multiple times to unconsciousness,” the woman said. “My lifeless body was drug down concrete stairs to an underground waste water area. I was kicked in the head, I was beaten with a club. And then strangled again for the kill.”
At some point, her attacker “disposed of my body into an area I refer to as the ‘hole.’”