Woman recounts attack at Dominican Republic resort

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Wilmington, DE (CNN) — Tammy Lawrence-Daley says she was attacked while on her own resort in the Dominican Republic. She’s speaking out now because she wants her story to be a warning to others.

Lawrence-Daley said, “I’ll never forget the last breath I took because it had some water in it. And I just remember, ‘I’m never gonna see my kids again never going to see my husband again and they’re never gonna find me here.’”

Lawrence-Daley is talking about how her picture-perfect vacation in the Dominican Republic quickly turned into a tragic nightmare for her and her husband Christopher Daley.

Lawrence-Daley said, “It’s very difficult, very difficult reliving … the fear, the blame, I feel so guilty. I blame myself.”

Lawerence-Daley and her husband were on a couples trip with their best friends at Majestic Elegance Resort in January in Punta Cana.

She says she went downstairs on the property to buy a snack when she says a man wearing a resort maintenance hat and shirt strangled and beat her.

These photographs she posted on Facebook  (Warning images are graphic) show her in the hospital bed in the D.R.

She suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket, nerve damage throughout her head, and her entire mouth had to be sewn back together.

Her disappearance lasted eight hours. She says she was left in an underground crawl space with rocks and wastewater.

The next morning she screamed for help, the staff went down and found her. Her husband was in disbelief.

Christopher Daley said, “When we first found her at the infirmary, it was unreal. I just lost control.”

The couple tried to sue the resort but their case went nowhere.

Lawrence-Daley  now leaves this message for others:

“To be aware, to be safe, and be smart,” she says.

CBS 3 news reporter Chantelle Lans called and spoke with a manager at that resort and she said she wasn’t aware of Tammy’s case, so Lans sent an email to all the managers at the resort. At this time CBS 3 has not heard back. 

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