The story of 23-year-old Danielle Jones is a cautionary tale for anyone looking to find a new roommate because the man she found on Craigslist almost ended her life one week later — on her birthday, of all days.
The Miami woman was savagely beaten by 35-year-old Byron Mitchell, a beating so violent that it put Jones in a coma and has her clinging to her life.
Jones’ mother, Aimee Nikolov, still can’t believe this has happened.
“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.” she told NBC News. “My daughter’s face is cut up like he was going to take her face off. She has a brain injury and no one knows what the prognosis is.”
“She has scars everywhere, around her eyes, lips. She has slashes all down her head,” Jones’ cousin Kaitlin Cabot added.
Cabot started a GoFundMe campaign that has raised more than $18,000 in two days time.
“On the morning of February 14, 2016, my 23 year old cousin, Danielle, (night of her birthday) was bludgened, strangled and face mutilated in an attempted murder by a man she had accepted as a roommate after she placed an add on Craigslist,” Cabot wrote there. “She is in a coma, intubated and holding on to life […] If and when she wakes, she will need extensive care and rehabilitation.”
“Please help her any way you can,” she continued. “Even if just with prayers.”
Mitchell was arrested on Feb. 15 and claimed this was done in self-defense. He’s been charged with attempted murder.