A Florida man, Michael Doughtery accused of ramming a hatchet into the head of a woman he was staying with just before Thanksgiving was apprehended and charged with attempted murder 150 miles away.
The woman’s family planned to remove her from life support on Saturday. It was unclear whether the charges could be raised.
When deputies responded to a call about an attempted murder at the Silver Lake Mobile Home Park in St. Petersburg just after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, they discovered the 56-year-old woman with “a hatchet protruding from her head.”
The woman, identified as Lisa Rogers Eaton by WFLA Tampa, was miraculously alive and was taken to a nearby hospital where she was treated for life-threatening injuries.
The sheriff’s office said Eaton was in stable condition at the hospital, but her younger sister told the station they were planning to take her off a respirator on Saturday.
Donna Voye said family and friends would gather to pray for Eaton and say their final goodbyes to the woman she described as “helping anybody.”
“We don’t understand it,” Voye said. “We can’t understand it because she wouldn’t hurt anybody.”
“No family should ever get a call like we got telling us that or them that their family member is brutally attacked as our little sister was,” Voye said.
Doughtery fled the scene before law enforcement arrived. Detectives eventually tracked him down near Gainesville, about 150 miles north of St. Petersburg.
An Alachua County deputy pulled Doughterty over just before 3 a.m. Thanksgiving morning and took him into custody, where he was charged with one count of second-degree attempted murder.
Doughtery was being held at the Alachua County Jail and will be transferred to the Pinellas County Jail.