Family: Husband beats wife, texts son graphic picture

Grandmother recovers from brutal attack
The victim is recovering in the hospital. (Source: Facebook)
The victim is recovering in the hospital. (Source: Facebook)

BARTLETT, TN (WMC) - A husband is behind bars after family members said he severely beat his wife and sent a picture of her bruised and bloody body to his son.

The woman is in serious condition after the attack.

According to a police report, the victim's step son told officers about the attack. When officer's went to the home where the victim and suspect lived, they found the victim lying in a bed in a fetal position. Her face and hands were badly bruised.

Officers spoke with a child in the home, who said the suspect, James McDaniel, told him the night before, "You need to go to bed and you will not see your grandmother tomorrow because I am taking care of that."

Police said the the attack happened inside a camper behind the couple's home. The victim said she and McDaniel were arguing on the patio when he punched her in the face, then began to hit her in the face with a wooden board.

"He left her in the camper and was going to leave her there and had taken a picture and sent it to his son," said the victim's son, Terry Martz, about his stepfather. "His son went to the Bartlett police right away."

Bartlett Police said McDaniel has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

"I don't know how someone could beat a woman like this guy did my mother," Martz said.

Family members said they spent all morning wondering if she would survive.

"I'm trying to be there and give her the support she needs," Martz said.

The woman has a broken wrist, fractures in her face, and brain trauma.

Martz said he saw the warning signs between his mom and stepfather, but never thought they had an abusive relationship.

"There were a couple of times where I did see some things like bruised wrists, but she claimed it to be falling down," Martz said.

McDaniel remains in custody in Bartlett. He's due in court Wednesday morning for a bond hearing.

Police have not yet released a motive.

Meanwhile, Martz has advice for other potential victims.

"If something is going on, please speak up," Martz said.

Deborah Clubb of the Memphis Area Women's Council agrees with Martz's plea. She said it's common for victims to suppress, rather than report, such abuse.

"We recognize that victims are coping," Clubb said. "They're often as surprised as anyone else that this person, who professed to love me, is nearly killing me."

Unlike child abuse, laws do not require witnesses to report suspected domestic violence.

Clubb said you can take discreet measures, like handing a victim a small MemphisSaysNoMore campaign resource card. Witnesses should realize it may take multiple offers of help before a victim accepts.

"And always say to them, 'When you're ready to get out of here, I'm here to help you," Clubb said. "'We're going to do this and we're going to do it safely.'"

For resources from Memphis Says No More, click here.

Wednesday, WMC Action News 5 is hosting a domestic violence phone bank to offer advice and counseling for victims or those who know victims.

Eight counselors will be on hand to answer questions. You can call the hotline between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to speak to one of the available professionals.

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