Los Angeles woman had her head stabbed by a homeless man using garden sheers. The attack left the victim with severe brain injuries. Los Angeles Police Department said.
The attack on Kyli, 22-year-old, occurred in North Hollywood, at 11:30 AM, according to the LAPD.
Watts ran to a nearby eatery with the four-inch-long sheers in her head, and begged for help. New York Post. According to the Post, restaurant staff called 911 immediately. She was then rushed to a nearby emergency room.
Jonathan Cole, 30, was arrested in connection to the attack, police said. His bail was set at $3.055,000. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, which filed one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Officials said that Cole is being represented in court by a public lawyer. He has not entered a plea in the case. To determine whether he is mentally competent to stand trial, a mental hospital has been referred. His next court appearance will be Nov. 9.
After the attack was caught by security cameras nearby, footage of it was uploaded to their YouTube channel.
Watts’ mother, Amy, spoke to Fox LAAnd she said that her daughter FaceTimed with her immediately after the incident.
Amy Watts, a psychiatric nurse in North Carolina, told Fox LA she answered the call while she was at work and it was then that her daughter told her that she was stabbed.
Fox LA reported that Amy Watts said she had no ill will towards the man who attacked her daughter.
“If this were a person with epilepsy that had not taken their medication and had a seizure at the wheel and hit your child crossing the street, would you really be angry, or do you understand that that’s a person with an illness?”She said. “That’s what we’re dealing with here.”
“To become numb and callous to it is not the right answer. These things are occurring because of systemic failure in treating mental illness,”She continued.
The New York Post reported that doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center treated Kyliwatts after the garden tool crushed her skull. They had to leave the bone fragment in place as it was very close the major blood vessel. Amy Watts explained to Fox LA that doctors told her that removing the bone fragment could have made it too dangerous for her daughter.
A GoFundMeA page has been set-up for Kyli Watts in order to pay expenses. Her family stated that any excess funds will go to mental health organizations.