WILMINGTON, N.C. — The 17-year-old Wilmington girl who was allegedly beaten on Friday by her boyfriend over text messages and tangled fishing lines is improving after undergoing brain surgery, according to WECT.
Hannah Connaway was upgraded to fair condition on Wednesday after she opened her eyes and spoke with family.
Connaway’s boyfriend, Michael Hutton, 18, was charged with attempted first-degree murder among other charges that could amount to a jail sentence of life without parole.
According to the assistant district attorney, the incident happened when the couple got into an altercation over text messages and tangled fishing lines.
“He was angry because he couldn’t untangle fishing lines,” Claudene Williams, who witnessed the altercation, told WECT. She said that he was also upset over “snarky” comments made by Connaway.
“I keep on hearing her screaming and I keep on hearing all the sounds and it’s just awful,” Williams said. “I ran around the front door. I tried to get in. All the doors were locked. It was just awful.”
The alleged attack happened inside the Hutton’s parents’ home in Wilmington. The teen’s parents were out of town at the time of the incident.
Hutton’s lawyer told WECT his client suffers from “alcohol-induced seizures,” which could have triggered the altercation.
Hutton’s bail was set at $1 million.