A Chicago court has heard how a stone was lodged in the throat of the daughter of a Dundalk women following a brutal assault in April 2010.
Silverbridge girl Natasha McShane girl whose mum Sheila hails from Cox’s Demesne, Dundalk, was beat around the head and back with a baseball bat.
The trauma surgeon on duty in Illinois Masonic hospital on the night of the attack gave evidence to the Cook County Criminal Court.
Dr Marius Katilius told the court how Natasha suffered a traumatic brain injury.
He also said that blood was found both inside and outside the skull.
Blood was also found on her hair, face and scalp.
Following a scan, the medical team revealed how they “pulled out a stone from the back of the throat.” Stacy Jurich, Natasha’s friend who was suffered injuries in the attack, recalled the night of the attack.
“I heard my head being hit and I felt an excruciating pain and sort of lost my equilibrium,” she told the court.
“She was not moving on the ground. The blood started coming out of her head.”
34-year-old Heriberto Viramontes is charged with two accounts of attempted murder and 23 other charges linked to the attack.
Natasha’s mother, Sheila, told the court how her daughter remains severely disabled, incapable of conversation, has few communication skills and needs aided support to help her walk.
Natasha’s brother, Conor, told reporters outside the court: ““It seems like a nightmare you want to wake up from but it is happening. We are going to have to deal with it. All we have to do is move on and pray and hope Natasha will be better, which she will be.”
Earlier in the year, Marcy Cruz was jailed for 22 years for participating in the attack.
Natasha’s grandparents Liam and Deirdre Stewart live locally along with several of her uncles, aunts and cousins.