Marilyn Stanley was partially scalped earlier this month, police say, when her ex-boyfriend directed his PIT BULL to attack the 26-year-old woman in his Boone County home.
The animal succeeded in ripping more than 80 percent of Stanley’s scalp away from her head, tearing off part of one ear and leaving her eyes swollen “the size of baseballs,” according to deputies, and her face and throat tattered. Ten days after the attack, she is still at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, still in need of multiple surgeries. A friend has set up a GoFundMe account on her behalf.
The ex-boyfriend, Zachary Allen Gross, is in Boone County jail facing charges of second-degree assault, domestic violence and harboring a vicious animal.
The ordeal for Stanley started shortly after Gross picked her up in Boone County and the two stopped at a McDonald’s at about 2 p.m. Sept. 14, said Boone County Sheriff’s spokesman Tom Scheben.
Gross, 30, took Stanley to his Deer Trace home and, Scheben said Thursday, “She was about four French fries in when he punched her in the face.”
Investigators believe Gross punched her repeatedly, six times in all. Then he brought her to his bedroom, where the assault continued, according to sheriff’s deputies.
Scheben said at one point, Stanley was able to grab a knife, “in self-defense.” Deputies believe Gross told her that if she did not drop the knife he would call his dog to attack her.
“She doesn’t,” Scheben said. “He sics the dog on her.”
Scheben said the dog was a pit bull that viciously attacked Stanley. The abuse continued for some time, Scheben said. Then, “He told her to go stand in front of the mirror.”
Eventually, Stanley was dropped off a few houses from her mother’s home and collapsed. Family found her outside and called 911.
Scheben said deputies stopped Gross in a car on a nearby block just after 6 p.m. that day. Gross told officers that he and Stanley had argued and that his dog attacked Stanley.
Sheriff’s deputies removed the dog and took it to an animal shelter, Scheben said.
The GoFundMe site had tallied $7,365 in donations as of 2:45 p.m. Thursday.