Her family has sprung into action in the days since an unidentified suspect dragged Tina Waddell into the woods and beat her until she lost consciousness.
Joey Waddell, Tina’s brother-in-law, established an account Friday on GoFundMe, a community donation Web page, to collect funds for the family’s medical bills and to offer as a reward for information on Tina Waddell’s attacker.
“To give everyone an update. She is in ICU and is in stable condition,” Joey Waddell wrote on his Facebook page Thursday morning. “To say she was seriously injured is an understatement. She was severely beaten for no reason by a coward that still walks our streets.”
Joey Waddell said he and his wife are in the process of working with the Paulding Chamber of Commerce to establish the reward fund.
Family members released a shocking pair of photos Thursday showing the extent of Tina Waddell’s injuries.
Every bone in Tina Waddell’s face was broken, family members told MDJ news partner Fox 5.
The family has said Tina Waddell will need several surgeries before her recovery is complete, Fox 5 reports.
Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb police said the department has already upped security along the stretch of the Silver Comet Trail that falls within county lines.
“We understand the focus, at this point, on the Silver Comet Trail, and so we have increased our patrols and visibility along the trails,” Pierce said. “We have done so in the past. However, these tragic cases reinforce what not only police need to be concerned about, but our citizens as well, and that’s the vigilance that one needs to take about their own safety.”
Pierce said police patrol the trails on foot, on bicycles, on motorcycles, on all-terrain vehicles and even in squad cars, though he declined to reveal the set times or frequency with which they guard the area.
He noted the trail runs through the heart of Precinct 2, which means beat officers from the precinct also attend to the Silver Comet.
Pierce said the Cobb Police Department shares information with other police departments, including Paulding County’s.
He said Cobb police would work with its “neighbors” to “solve this very tragic crime.”
Joey Waddell expressed anger over his sister-in-law’s attack through social media Thursday and Friday.
“This is our home and we shouldn’t walk around in fear. Regardless if you know her or me, you should be outraged. This won’t be the last time this happens,” Joey Waddell said. “I refuse to sit on my hands and wait for (this) to happen again.”