Lafayette, Ind.– Deeja Moran’s buddies would not have acknowledged her the early morning of Aug. 29 when she appeared at the healthcare facility beaten, bruised and with 8 damaged bones in her face.
Those who saw her that early morning would not acknowledge her today.
She is the face of domestic battery, and her story appears more poignant this month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
While she’s still recuperating from hours of poundings, her implicated assailant– and now previous sweetheart– Jose Edgardo Santiago-Vazquez deals with charges, but he is on the run.
Gone are Moran’s shiners, among which was pounded into her skull, breaking the bones so terribly that she now has a metal plate under her eye after cosmetic surgery. Her inflamed, black and blue mouth and chin have gone back to regular– or so it appears.
Other than for an inflamed bag under her best eye, there’s absolutely nothing overtly to suggest the night-long whipping she states Santiago-Vazquez caused on her.
Stating her story for the Journal & Courier, she reveals grit and decision to recover her life and bring her enemy to justice.
” He stated what made me quite was my eyes and my smile, so he was going to make certain I would never ever have that once again,” Moran stated as she explained Santiago-Vazquez’s attack that began when she returned from a bike flight on Aug. 28.
” That’s precisely what he did,” she stated.
” Because of what he did, every early morning I get up and search in the mirror and I do not acknowledge myself,” she stated. “I see a female who was beaten.
” I lost my identity. Your face is your identity.”.
That’s one of the results of domestic battery. It takes the victim’s identity– either or figuratively. It robs the victims of their self-confidence, she stated.
Moran ended her relationship with Santiago-Vazquez when she moved from California to Lafayette previously this year. It had not been a long-lasting relationship.
She saw what she called warnings– flashes of anger– and called it gives up, and moving here appeared like the rational end before she felt his anger. She was moving to the Midwest to start a brand-new chapter in life.
After she settled here, Santiago-Vazquez’s texts and phone calls began.
” Jose’s a really sweet male. He’s extremely kind,” she started explaining the male she succumbed to. “He’s simply an extremely sweet mindful person.
” Then suddenly, … there’s an entirely different person,” she stated.
That different person manifested himself with rage and fury when Moran, a self-confessed fitness lover, returned from her night bike trek on Aug. 28.
She stated she calmly asked Santiago-Vazquez to leave, but he blew up. This touched off hours of poundings inside a home on the east side of Lafayette, which she showed the owner, she stated.
The owner, who was away going to the family when Moran was assaulted, didn’t have an issue with Santiago-Vazquez remaining there with Moran up until he might get on his feet, Moran stated.
” She got home that day,” Moran stated of the house owner who strolled into 2 spaces covered in blood. “She strolled into a dreadful scene. It’s been extremely, really hard on her.”.
Moran remembered that those hours late Aug. 28 and early Aug. 29 were dreadful, and pressed her to the point of quitting. A possible cause affidavit with the criminal charges informs the dry truths of her claims, but not the psychological chaos that Moran withstands even today.
” My life altered,” she stated, keeping in mind that Santiago-Vazquez barricaded the back entrance with chairs and the front door with a desk.
” There’s no chance out,” she stated. “And he simply kept getting increasingly madder.
” He ‘d ask me concerns. He ‘d say, ‘Wrong response!’ And beat me once again.”.
When she ‘d get too bloody, he ‘d make her shower, and after that start the poundings once again, she stated.
” At the end, he stated, ‘It’s gone too far. I’m going to need to eliminate you now,'” she stated. “To be genuinely sincere, I was ready for him to eliminate me.
” I simply desired him to do it because I was so exhausted. I was so tired.”.
Santiago-Vazquez knelt over Moran, who was resting on the flooring. He raised a knife over his head, shouted a war cry as he owned the knife to Moran. He stabbed the pillow next to her face rather.
The whippings continued.
In some way, she convinced him to take her to the healthcare facility. He made her shower, then owned her to the IU Arnett Health Hospital.
Positive in the story about how Moran got beaten and why his knuckles were divided open, Santiago-Vazquez went inside the healthcare facility with her.
” His story was going to be that some people had actually attacked me in the street. His story was he beat off all the foes … and (he ‘d) be the hero.”.
He didn’t remain long.
” As quickly as everyone was around me (in the emergency clinic), they stated … ‘Who did this to you?’.
” As quickly as they stated that, … I resembled, ‘He did.'”.
Security accompanied Santiago-Vazquez from the space, but he handled to provide security the slip.
He hasn’t been seen since.
He’s from Perris, California, Moran stated, so there’s a job out there for him and a lot of people who will safeguard him. He has family in Chicago and Florida, and he’s from Puerto Rico, where he has a family, too, she included when inquired about where he may be.
Santiago-Vazquez called Moran on Sept. 17.
” He simply needed to know if I lived,” she stated. “It’s the common batterer syndrome. ‘I’m sorry. Please. I love you. Blah, blah, blah.’ None of that means anything to me.”.
Moran’s putting her life back together, and she shares her story to motivate others who are victims of domestic abuse to obtain far from their abusers before it’s far too late.
” Lafayette has a lot of assistance,” she stated of the help for victims of domestic battery.
” This is the most affordable part of my life,” she stated, “and I never ever wish to be here once again.
” I need to change aspects of myself,” she stated. “I clearly draw in these types of people. I’ve been stabbed by a guy, too.”.
She speaks extremely of the area’s domestic violence shelters, the cops and the district attorney’s workplace.
” If he’s still around since I’m his ownership, then I’m at risk,” she stated.
” I do not want him to find me once again,” she said. “That’s what’s difficult is discovering a safe place to go.”.
If he appears, there are 9 arrest warrants with his name on them.
She offered images of Santiago-Vazquez, asking if anybody– here, in Chicago, California, Florida or Puerto Rico– sees him, report him to the cops.
She discovered after he assaulted her, that Santiago-Vazquez is not the person he pretends to be, which is why she desires her story released.
” I do not want another lady hurt, and from what they inform me, he has domestic violence in his past.”.