WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WOOD) — A young woman is recovering in a hospital after she and her fiance were the victims of a brutal stabbing attack in Fremont Wednesday evening.
Deion Moore Hanna, 24, of Fremont, was arraigned Friday on two counts of assault with intent to murder, a count of first-degree home invasion, armed robbery, mayhem, unlawful imprisonment and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, the Newaygo County prosecutor said.
The assault happened at Locust Hill Apartments in the area of State Street and N. Stone Road. Police say Hanna broke into a second-floor apartment and went after the two people inside with a knife. He ran off before police got to the apartment, and he was arrested south of Fremont Thursday morning.
Family identified the victims as 22-year-old Jewel Daniels and her fiance, Kiegan Ostrander.
Marlene Vincent, the mother of Daniels, spoke with News 8 on Friday afternoon as her daughter remained in the hospital. She did not want to release specifics about the attack, but she made it clear the two victims saved their lives by defending themselves.
“We’re happy that they’re alive at this point,” Vincent said. “When the police came in, one of the statements they told her was they’re very proud of her. Because without the amount that was fought between those two kids, they would’ve been dead.”
Daniels has undergone multiple reconstructive surgeries and received more than 400 stitches.
“Her throat was slit,” she said. “Clear through. She has lacerations. She was slashed and cut all over in her head. Stabbed in her shoulder. There’s a laceration from her shoulder nearly to her elbow. She was stabbed in the face. Through the mouth. It took off 3/4 of her lip.”
On Friday, Daniels went through another surgery, reconstructing the tendons in her hands and nerves in her fingers.
“She’s in a lot of pain,” Vincent said. “She’s scared. It’s hard. She can’t eat or drink. It’s hard to close her eyes. She’s scared.”
Vincent confirmed that Ostrander has been discharged from the hospital.
“He was stabbed in the neck twice. If it would’ve been a centimeter or two different, he would’ve been dead,” she said.
The attack was “not random,” and it was planned, according to Vincent.
“A random attack is different than when you’re singled out,” Vincent said. “And it is a planned attack. Today, they were talking about it, and later down the road when they’re healed, they would like, in some aspect, to share their story to help other young people.”
The victims are expected to make a full recovery, Vincent said.
“They said it’s going to be a long road,” she said. “Both physically and emotionally, it’s gonna take a while for those scars to heal. Obviously, they’re gonna need therapy along with the medical treatments.”
Hanna’s bond was set at $5 million cash or surety, prosecutors say. He is expected back in court March 17 for a conference and again March 24 for a preliminary examination.
If convicted of all counts, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
“We’ve received love and support from people we don’t even know,” she said. “We live in a very great community.”