The blackened bruises and bright red scratches on 26-year-old Marilyn Stanley now serve as a graphic glimpse of the horrifying abuse that happened in a Walton, Kentucky
home just ten less than two weeks ago.
“It was shocking. I didn’t expect it. I didn’t expect it at all,” Stanley confesses.
Stanley says her then boyfriend, Zachary Gross, became upset with her about a Facebook post and began beating her: repeatedly kicking her and punching her in the face.
“I had both my black eyes. I had cuts all over my face; I still do,” she explains of some of her more minor injuries.
Gross then took Stanley into the bedroom where the abuse took a sickening twist. Police say he Gross decided to scalp her.
“A very, very large portion of my scalp is gone,” Stanley describe. “When the guy went to put the wig on my head for the first time was when it really set in that my hair is never going to grow back.”
After the scalping, Gross is accused of siccing his pit bull on her.
“My ear… It looks a lot better, because it was kinda… not really attached to my face.”
Investigators say Gross then forced Stanley to look at herself in the mirror, ridiculing her appearance.
“I remained conscious the whole time,” she recalls.
After an hour of abuse, Gross allegedly drove Marilyn to her mother’s house, dropping her off a block away. Miraculously she made it to her front lawn where family found her laying a short time later.
“I wasn’t aware I had gotten cut until I woke up in the hospital. I’ve been physically changed for the rest of my life.”
She says Gross had a history of abusing her, but she still stayed with him – a mistake she says she hopes other women in similar situations can learn from.
“When you feel like there’s not a way out, there is. You need to get out before it gets too far. “
If you or someone you know needs help, know that there are resources that can help. In the CSRA you can contact SafeHomes of Augusta at 706-736-2499 or the Cumbee Center at 803-649-0480. Nationwide you can call 1-800-799-SAFE(7233).