Danielle Jones has been in a coma for six days after she was brutally beaten by the roommate she found on Craigslist for her Miami apartment.
“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.” Jones’s mother, Aimee Nikolove, told NBC News.
Jones was attacked on her 23rd birthday by Byron Mitchell. She was slashed in the head and face and has suffered a severe brain injury.
“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,” Nikolove said.
“She has scars everywhere, around her eyes, lips. She has slashes all down her head,” Katilin Cabot, Jones’s cousin said.
Mitchell was arrested on February 15 and charged with attempted murder, though he claimed that he was acting in self-defense and told police that Jones had come after him with a knife.
Jones’ family is now raising funds for her medical costs in a GoFundMe campaign and is trying to raise awareness of the danger of online strangers so that an attack like the one Jones suffered does not happen to anyone else.
“Bringing attention to this and raise some type of awareness for other people to be careful because I can’t explain in words how hard it is to see her like this,” Cabot said.