A Marshall County, Mississippi, teenager continues the long process of recovery following one terrible week. During the course of the week the teen survived a fire, an attempted drowning and a car crash. High school senior Charles Hardeman, 18, is the youngest of Tammie Hardeman’s four children. “That’s my baby boy,” said Tammie Hardeman. “He’s a smart young man.”
Unfortunately Charles Hardeman has been unable to speak from his bed at the MED, where he has been ever since barely escaping a bizarre attack last week in Slayden, Mississippi.
“Even in the hospital now, he’s fighting,” said Tammie Hardeman. “Can do the thumbs up and wiggle them toes, and can open his eyes.”
The attack was horrific and unbelievable. It began with the burning down of his father’s home and was followed with an attempted escape in a truck that crashed into a nearby tree.
A belt was then found cinched around Charles Hardeman’s cold, wet legs after he had been thrown into a pond next to his father’s home. A 75-pound chunk of concrete taken off a decorative lawn deer was attached to the belt as an anchor designed to keep the teen underwater.
Investigators have interviewed neighbors and gone door to door in Slayden trying to find answers.
“The severity of this crime, we want to get to the bottom of it as quick as we can,” said Major Kelly McMillen with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. “And the person responsible for it, we want to get them incarcerated as quick as we can.”
“Eventually, Charles is going to tell us what happened and who done it to him,” said Tammie Hardeman. “Because anybody that comes to that house, if he knows them, he’s going to tell.” In the meantime Tammie will continue waiting for her son to improve patiently at his side, “Charles is a fighter, and he’s going to win this battle,” she said.
Anyone with information about the crime should call the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department.
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Source: “Teen recovering after surviving fire, car crash, and attempted drowning,” by Jason Miles, published at WMCTV.com.