Hattiesburg woman held captive recalls horrific assault

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Held against her will for three months, beaten and abused, a Hattiesburg woman was finally able to escape and be heard.

The victim, who requested to remain anonymous, said a simple mistake like accidentally unplugging a cable could potentially put her life in danger.

"I thought that maybe he had calmed down and stuff and he goes, don't think I forgot about this, and then he went...everybody can read all over the internet now that they know what he used, I don't even have to say it, but he started and he kept going and going," said the victim.

The victim was referring to the coaxial cable and belt that her captor, Dillon Boatner, used to beat her with, which was noted in a Hattiesburg Police Department incident report.

The victim said during the three months she was held against her will, Boatner would deem little things she did like cooking dinner as "mistakes." This would then lead to more violence.

"He was like, well there goes another stupid mistake and started hitting me again," said the victim.

The violence even escalated to Boatner carving his own initials into her back with a knife.

"He did dug it in deep enough for it to hurt and for it to show, because he said that if I wasn't willing to get a tattoo with his name in it, he had to mark his territory somehow," said the victim.

The victim recounted an incident where she accidentally switched off an X-box. According to the victim, this caused the abuse to start again, but this time Boatner's sprained ankle gave her an avenue of escape.

"If it wasn't for his ankle, I wouldn't have thought there was any way to get out, I would have sat there until he either hurt me bad enough that he had no choice but to take me to the hospital or he did kill me," said victim.

She ran through the Arbor Walk Apartments complex banging on the first door she found for help. After police arrived, Boatner was taken into custody, confessing to the allegations made against him.

Boatner was booked into the Forrest County Jail on an aggravated domestic assault charge.

"In my 20 plus years here with the department, this is only the second one that I know of that anything like this has happened. This is a very rare situation but it does happen," said Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler.

Members of the Hattiesburg Police Department domestic violence unit commended the victim for taking a stand.

"But she actually took a stand on Sunday, and said you know, I'm tired of the pain, I'm tired of the hurt, I'm going to get away, and she took every precaution she could to get away," said Hattiesburg Police Lt. Latosha Myers-Mitchell.

The victim extended advice to others who may be a victim of domestic violence, a piece of advice she wished she had taken herself.

"To do what I didn't do, and when you go to work to say something, instead of doing what I did, and lie about it," said victim.

According to Lt. Traxler, the investigation is ongoing, and more charges could be brought against Boatner.

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