PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Dominican Republic resort has responded after a Delaware woman shared her story of being savagely attacked while vacationing at the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana Hotel. Tammy Lawrence-Daley, of Wilmington, was on vacation with her husband when says she went downstairs on the property to buy a snack.
That’s when Lawrence-Daley says a man wearing a resort maintenance hat and shirt strangled and beat her.
Lawrence-Daley suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket, nerve damage throughout her head and her entire mouth had to be sewn back together.
Her disappearance lasted eight hours and the whole while she was going in and out of consciousness.
On Wednesday night, Majestic Resorts sent Eyewitness News a statement, saying that Lawrence-Daley received all necessary attention and care following the ordeal, and that she also demanded $2.2 million in compensation for the ordeal.
The hotel says that Lawrence-Daley was found at 6:40 a.m. by a hotel employee. Authorities were notified and an ambulance was immediately called. Majestic Resorts says a hotel staff member stayed at the hospital with Lawrence-Daley and the resort paid for all of her hospital expenses.
Majestic Resorts said Lawrence-Daley later demanded financial compensation, and after not receiving a response, she told her story, four months after the attack.
The statement provided to Eyewitness News mentions, in part, “weak points” and “contradictions” in Lawrence-Daley’s recalling of her attack. The statement reads. in part:
“After their investigation, authorities understand that the scenario is still unclear, and that there are weak points and unanswered questions to answer in this strange and unusual case.
Some news media sources in the United States have reported on the story considering her accounts are true and definitive, instead of waiting for a final resolution of the case, that not only affects Majestic Resorts, but also tourism for the entire Dominican Republic.
Majestic expresses to have no opinion on the hypothesis of some authorities involved in the investigation, who consider that the story of Mrs. Lawrence-Daley while she was in the hospital, at the hotel and during conversations with police and prosecutors, presents contradictions and confusing data, which make such authorities doubt of her testimony and believe that information on the case is being concealed by blaming a hotel employee.”
Majestic says they continue to cooperate with authorities as an investigation continues.