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Mother Shares Gut-Wrenching Photos After Allegedly Being Beaten and Left To Die While on Vacation


During your lifetime, you have probably heard a few words of wisdom about safety in numbers and being aware of your surroundings.

We know these words are true, but when our day-to-day lives are generally safe and secure, our guard is more readily dropped and we do not believe that the worst may happen to us.

But one Delaware woman has a message about heeding safety advice after she was allegedly brutally attacked while on vacation.

Tammy Lawrence-Daley, 51, is from Wilmington, Delaware. In January, she went on vacation with her husband, Christopher Daley, and their best friends.

The couples stayed at the all-inclusive Majestic Elegance resort in the Dominican Republic, a trip that started out as a lot of fun.

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After a late night out, Lawrence-Daley said she left her hotel room alone in search of a late-night snack, with plans of photographing the moon as it glittered above the water.

But as Lawrence-Daley explained in detail on her Facebook page, she never made it to the beach that night.

What she said happened to her in an “eerily quiet” hallway still haunts her to this day. As she walked along without a care in the world, her life changed in an instant.

“That’s when I heard it,” Lawrence-Daley wrote. “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.”

A man, who she said had been wearing a resort uniform outfit, allegedly dragged her into an unlocked maintenance room and began to attack her.

“I’m not going to go into the gory details of everything, however, please know that I fought with everything I had at that moment,” Lawrence-Daley wrote. “He was too strong.”

She recounted eight hours of terror as she said she was repeatedly strangled to the point of unconsciousness and dragged helplessly down a set of concrete stairs and thrown into an underground ditch.

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She recalled being kicked in the head and beaten with a club, and will never know the full extent of what happened during periods of unconsciousness.

According to Lawrence-Daley, her husband and friends looked desperately all night to find her, with no sense of urgency from resort staff.

It was eventually hotel staff who found her the next morning, allegedly hearing her screams for help from an underground crawl space full of rocks and wastewater.

She said she spent five days in a local hospital in a foreign country, undergoing surgeries to repair her injuries and trying to process the alleged horrific attack.

“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”?” Lawrence-Daley wrote.

Almost six months later, Lawrence-Daley is speaking out.

“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,” she explained.

“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,” Lawrence-Daley wrote.

She wants her story to serve as a serious reminder to be smart and be safe when you are out and about. There is safety in numbers

“When you are in unfamiliar places, or even in familiar places, please remember … be smart, be safe.”

According to the New York Post, United States Department of State is aware of Lawrence-Daley’s situation.

The agency is “aware of the assault of US citizen Tammy Lawrence-Daley in the Dominican Republic in January 2019, and we continue to follow her case very closely,” spokesman Noel Clay said.

“The welfare and safety of US citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State,” Clay said, adding that the department “continues to engage with local authorities on this case.”

Liftable reached out to Majestic Resorts for comment. We will update this article if and when a response is received.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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