A woman who was hacked and left for dead has revealed that her brother was behind the attack.
Wanda Palmer, 51, was found in an upright position on her sofa in June 2020 at her home in Jackson County, West Virginia.
She appeared to have been attacked with a hatchet or an axe and at first police thought she was dead.
However, they realised she was breathing in a very shallow way and was taken to hospital before spending two years in a coma at a nursing home.
And now she has woken up to reveal that it was her brother, Daniel Palmer, who tried to kill her.
Wanda was only able to answer yes-or-no questions but provided a detailed enough testimony for authorities to arrest him, according to .
Following the attack, police investigated several people but were never able to file charges.
One witness had reported seeing her brother on the porch of her home around midnight the night before she was discovered, but there was no record of his visit.
Daniel has now been charged with attempted murder and malicious wounding, according to the sheriff’s office. He is being held on $500,000 bail.
Sheriff Ross Mellinger said: ‘The keys to the whole thing lay with the victim herself and with her unable to communicate we were left with nothing. Now low and behold two years later and boom, she’s awake and able to tell us exactly what happened.
‘He didn’t give us any fight or anything. There was a little bit of surprise, but not entirely.’
Officials believe Daniel attacked his sister with either a machete or hatchet. A motive behind the attack was not immediately clear.
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