The first thing I want to say about this case is thank you to whoever made the tip which led police to the house where they found this woman. We may never know if this was a life-saving tip.
Those arrested, including a mother and son and a mother and daughter, are white. The victim, a Charleston woman who was being treated at a hospital Monday, is black.
"The things that were done to this woman are just indescribable," Logan County sheriff's Sgt. Sonya Porter said.
Deputies found the 23-year-old victim Saturday after going to the home in Big Creek, about 35 miles southwest of Charleston, to investigate an anonymous tip. One of the suspects, Frankie Brewster, was sitting on the front porch and told deputies she was alone, but moments later the victim limped toward the door, her arms outstretched, saying "help me," the sheriff's department said in a news release.
This case is being investigated as a possible hate crime not simply because of the race of those charged and the race of the victim, but because race seemed to be a key motivator in this crime.
The extent of this woman's injuries will hopefully keep the racists from calling this a hoax or a consensual interaction. Well, it probably won't stop all of them, but it will likely stop most other people from viewing the racists who say this as being credible observers.