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Woman In A Coma After Being Attacked By Craigslist Roommate

| by Sean Kelly
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A Miami, Florida, woman was left in a coma after she was violently attacked by a roommate she met on Craigslist.

One week after 35-year-old Byron Mitchell moved into a downtown Miami apartment where 23-year-old Danielle Jones was living, the young man attacked her. It was also the night of her 23rd birthday.

"My daughter's face is cut up like he was going to take her face off," Aimee Nikolove, Jones's mother, told NBC. "She has a brain injury and no one knows what the prognosis is."

"She has scars everywhere, around her eyes, lips," Kaitlin Cabot, the victim's cousin, also told the news station. "She has slashes all down her head."

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Mitchell said that he acted in self-defense when he attacked her, claiming that she went after him with a knife. He was arrested on Feb. 15 and charged with attempted murder.

Jones, who had been working at a catering company prior to the attack, subsequently fell into a coma.

"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," Nikolove said. 

 

"We hold on to hope," she added. "It's in God's hands, but it's day six and she hasn't woken up."

Jones's family set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the young woman's medical expenses. 

Sources: Daily Mail, NBCGoFundMe / Photo credit: Daily Mail, NBC

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