|Danielle Jones, 23, was beaten by a roommate she found on Craigslist. Credit: GoFundme|
MIAMI, Florida - A Florida woman was allegedly brutally attacked by a roommate she found on Craigslist.
23-year-old Danielle Jones, a caterer in Miami, Florida, was beaten on her birthday, which also happens to be Valentines Day, by 35-year-old Byron Mitchell who had become her roommate in a Downtown Miami apartment just one week prior to the attack. Jones has remained in a coma ever since the attack.
"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," Jones' Mother, Aimee Nikolove told NBC 6 Miami.
Miami-Dade police arrested Mitchell the day after the beating and charged him with attempted murder. Mitchell is claiming that he acted in self-defense because Jones came after him with a knife.
|Byron Mitchell, 35, has been charged with attempted murder. Credit: Miami-Dade booking photo.|
Jones’s family has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for hospital costs and to raise awareness about the dangers of becoming a roommate with a stranger. On the GoFundMe page, the family writes:
"On the morning of February 14, 2016, 23 year old (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.
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.
Even if just with prayers..."
|Danielle Jones has remained in a coma following the attack. Credit: GoFundme|