A West Virginia Virginia woman woke up last week after spending the last two years in a coma following a vicious attack — and named her brother as her attacker.
On June 10, 2020, lawn care workers found Wanda Palmer unconscious at her Ravensville, West Virginia home with severe head injuries.”They came that morning to mow her grass and found her in a pool of blood,” her mother, Eileen Palmer said.
“I wouldn’t have wagered a nickel for her life that morning, she was in that bad of shape. Quite honestly, she was unconscious, circling the drain medically,” Sheriff Ross Mellinger of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said. “Massive, massive amounts of head trauma, consistent with some sort of machete or hatchet-type injury.”
Palmer spent the next two years in a nursing home in a coma–but miraculously, in late June, she began speaking and on July 12, police questioned her about the 2020 attack.
“After 2 years of being hospitalized and in a coma resulting from being attacked, hacked, and left for dead, Wanda Palmer is now awake to see her assailant in custody – her brother, Daniel Palmer,” police announced Friday.
“Daniel Palmer is charged with Attempted Murder and Malicious Wounding following the June 2020 incident near Cottageville,” they continued. “Continued prayers for the victim please.”
Palmer’s brother had been a person of interest all along but authorities needed a statement from the victim identifying him as her alleged assailant to make an arrest. “When asked why Daniel assaulted her, Wanda stated that ‘he was mean,'” read a criminal complaint which also revealed he had a “violent history.”
“From an investigator’s standpoint, this is about as rare as it gets,” added Sheriff Ross Mellinger. “I think it’s a true testament to the perseverance and the strength of the victim herself.”