KALAMAZU, MICHIN (FIREWOOD) – A woman who was killed and burned near the town of Kalamazoo, Michigan, says that the attacker – her own daughter – told her he wanted her dead.
Buffy McBride said her daughter, 21-year-old Alexis VanDusen, injured, burned and strangled her.
McBride was hospitalized after police arrived. She has since returned home to continue to recover.
“Mentally, it will be a while. It’s a lot to take and nightmares … just take it day in and day out, ”McBride told News 8 on Friday.
Assault took place early the morning of Feb. 25 at a house on Melrose Avenue near Lake Street in the town of Kalamazoo, where McBride lives. Her daughter visited her there.
Investigators say they were told earlier that night that VanDusen was drunk with metamethim and acted haphazardly – they were called home because VanDusen was knocking on a neighbor’s door.
The McBride family said they would like VanDusen, who was battling addiction, to be brought to the scene to get help, as she had previously refused.
“I would have liked the police to take her and find her somewhere, but that was none of their business,” McBride explained. “I was also told that I could go to the court building, get the documents and take her to the premises. They kept her for 72 hours. But… [the time of the attack] it was Friday morning. “
During the attack, McBride says her life flashed before her eyes. She said her daughter “wanted her to die.”
“I prayed to God to send someone to help me. I was dying. My energy is gone. I did a fight. I fought for my life. I had to. I had no choice, ”McBride said. “I don’t know how such a child could have done it, but it wasn’t my daughter.”
While McBride’s physical wounds heal, for her heart it’s a different story. She has a message for the man who broke it.
“Alex, I love you. I wish you the best. And I feel sorry for everything I had to go through in life, ”she said with tears in her eyes. “But I’m not crying because of you. I’m crying because you broke my heart. “
McBride and her family say they want to start a new life nearby, but they need financial help to get out of this house, which includes GoFundMe company.
Van Dusen is in jail on charges of attempted murder, torture and illegal imprisonment.