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Domestic violence victim reacts to recent Jones County abuse cases

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A Jones County woman is recovering from a brutal beating that left her hospitalized in a coma. Deputies say her boyfriend is the one who attacked her.

It's one of two brutal domestic violence cases in Jones County recently, which domestic violence survivors like 28-year-old Erica Jefferson of New Bern find troubling.

"It's disheartening and frustrating that people feel they need to stay in a relationship like that," said Jefferson.

Jefferson survived 5 years with a man who she says verbally and physically abused her when he was angry. She separated from him last year.

"It started out as just a push or a kick, and then it went beyond that. It was definitely not a situation I would have ever thought I'd be in," said Jefferson, who founded an online women's ministry called Be Inspired!

On August 6, Jones County deputies arrested Hank Daughtey of Pollocksville for allegedly beating his girlfriend, Mandi Lane, into a coma, damaging her brain and lung.

Just six days later, deputies arrested Joaquin Lanclos of Maysville for allegedly punching his wife, Lynnell Lancos. They also arrested her for allegedly stabbing him in the back of the armpit with a kitchen knife.

"I talk to women and men all the time about domestic situations," said Lisa Moore, a court advocate for the Coastal Women's Shelter, which supports battered women in Craven, Jones, and other counties.

"It's like a cycle. They say it normally takes 7-9 times for the individual to actually leave the relationship and stay out of the relationship," said Lanclos.

Abusive relationships can end in death if the victims don't get away from it or receive help.
That's why Jefferson is hoping victims don't tolerate abusive behavior.

"You can only deal with what you allow to take place," said Jefferson. "If you love yourself first and if you have a great support system, you will know that love doesn't hurt."

The Coastal Women's Shelter says 30 percent of women in the U.S. report they have been physically abused by their husband or boyfriend at one time or another.

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A Pollocksville man is charged after a brutal domestic assault.

The Jones County Sheriff's Office says his arrest stems from reported overdose last Thursday, August 6.

EMS arriving at the scene stabilized the victim, Mandi Louise Kane, and transported her to the emergency room at Carolina East Medical Center. Medical staff later advised deputies that her condition was no overdose, but the result of a serious physical assault that left her with a punctured lung, severe brain trauma, and other injuries. She was transported to Vidant Medical Center for specialized care.

Investigators secured the scene, calling in the SBI to assist with the investigation. Overnight Sunday, lawmen took 32-year-old Hank Owen Daughtey into custody, charging him with Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Inflicting Serious Injury with Intent to Kill(F). He's in the Jones County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

The suspect has a history of violence and domestic assaults, lawmen say.

Kane is still in a coma in critical condition, under law enforcement protection, following multiple surgeries

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