Deputies: Man beats girlfriend into coma

POLLOCKSVILLE, JONE COUNTY - Deputies arrested a Jones County man for allegedly beating his girlfriend into a coma. Investigators said the suspect tried to cover up the crime by saying the victim overdosed.

Hank Owen Daughtey, 32, of Pollocksville, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. He was being held in the Jones County Jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

According to deputies, Daughtey called 911 on Aug. 6 and claimed his girlfriend, Mandi Louis Kane, had overdosed. Authorities then arrived at Daughtey's home at 354 Island Creek Road in Pollocksville and transported the victim to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.

But an examination by the medical staff revealed that Kane did not overdose, investigators said. Instead, she suffered severe brain trauma, a punctured lung, and other serious injuries because of a physical assault. Kane was then flown to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, where she underwent several surgeries but remains in a coma, deputies said.

After learning that Kane was assaulted, investigators said they went back to Daughety's home with an arrest warrant. But the suspect was not there.

At about 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 7, deputies teamed up with Maysville Police and the SBI to arrest Daughety at a home at 7392 Highway 17, just north of Pollocksville. According to investigators,the suspect tried to escape out a back door, but was quickly taken into custody.

The suspect has a history of violence and domestic assaults, deputies said. The case is ongoing and anyone with additional information is asked to call the Jones County Sheriff's Office at 252-448-2561 or the SBI's Coastal District Office in Jacksonville.

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