Who tried to kill my mom?

My mom was brutally injured and almost died last week from wounds consistent with a fourth degree sexual assault. One agonizing week later, police are still investigating the case but so far no answers and no suspect.

Last Sunday, I wrote to you on the NEA Report Facebook page that I would be taking care of my family during an unimaginable tragedy. At about 1:30 PM Sunday, September 16, my mom was found with severe injuries in her home off of Patrick Street in north Jonesboro. She had lost a great deal of blood, had black eyes, three broken teeth, a broken jaw in three places, a huge gash in her head, and bruising on the back and front of her hands and arms. She was almost dead.

From Sunday to Wednesday, I could not look at my mom without crying. She stopped breathing once. Her face was destroyed. Her lip was hanging loose and her jaw was dangling. It has since been wired shut. Despite this living hell, NEA Baptist hospital has given her a second chance at life.

On Thursday, she woke up and was beginning to communicate. Friday, she was spelling words. Saturday and Sunday, she was writing and even laughing. Seeing her laugh through her broken smile is joyful and crushing at the same time. She made what one ICU nurse described as a “miracle” recovery. Yet, I’m broken by what she has had to endure and especially by the thought of someone doing this to her. We don’t have definitive answers. She suffered so many major blows to the brain, she has suffered short-term memory loss as a result and still can’t remember what or who did this.

The Jonesboro Police Department has been intensely investigating this case. Detective Josh Wiiest is the lead detective and has been so comforting to my family during what has been the scariest and saddest time of our lives. He has also been aggressively pursuing leads, gathering evidence, and looking for answers. Chief Rick Elliott has been incredible, too. We speak almost daily and he has been very reassuring. Police have interviewed several witnesses and gathered a great deal of evidence from both the scene and the hospital – but we’ve learned of another major challenge against us: there is only one crime lab in the entire State of Arkansas. Detectives tell us this means critical forensic evidence such as blood gathered from under her fingernails and DNA obtained in a rape kit takes as much as EIGHT MONTHS to process.

We need your help.

If you have ANY information which could be relevant, please send it to news@neareport.com. If you heard someone talk about anything unusual or you saw scratch marks or wounds on someone’s hands, we need to know. Your identity will be protected and tips can remain confidential unless you choose to share your identity with authorities. Anyone is urged to contact The Jonesboro Police Department at (870) 935-6710 and ask for Detective Wiiest.

There are many I will be thanking in the coming days and I must thank you all for being so kind as this has transpired. I will be slowly resuming news writing this week while continuing to help my family. Until then, please think of my mom and please understand that our news content may not return to fully-normal for a few more weeks.

Thank you NEA


Any help you can offer is appreciated.


  1. What a nightmare! I’m so very sorry to hear this and wish your mother a quick and full recovery. Love, hugs, and prayers for her and the family. May justice be served for this horrendous act.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of this horrendous act against your Mother. Sending prayers for her, you, and your family as you continue being by her side. Prayers for the authorities who are searching for the evil person who did this, that they can be found quickly and answer to this action.

  3. So sorry to hear about this. I hooe and pray that whomever did this will caught very quickly.

  4. Stan,
    My heart goes out to your mom and to all of you. Please know I’m praying for you. Let me know if I can ever be of help to you in any way.

  5. how terrible!! i’m so sorry for your poor mother and well, all of you! prayers for you all and that the person responsible will be found!!

  6. Lots of prayers I hope the Lord will heal her fast I hope she can remember I pray who did this gets what is coming to them.

    • i know exactly what youre getting at. fuck off, and show some damn respect.

      he has nothing to do with this, you fucking coward.

  7. Oh I cannot imagine!! Your poor mother!! Oh Bless her!! That is just awful!! I just am so glad gthat she is fortunate enough to have such a wonderful son to step up and take care of her!!! I just can’t imagine what all she sent through!! But she survived and is a fighter!!

  8. I’m so sorry to hear that this happened to your mother! I lift your mom, you, and your family in continuous prayer!
    God please touch her and wrap your arms around her. Give her speedy and complete healing in Jesus name! Lord asking that you reveal the perpetrator and provide justice. In Jesus Name …Amen!

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