According to West Virginia police, a woman who had been unconscious for two years has awakened and told them that her brother attacked her.

In June 2020, Wanda Palmer, 51, claimed that her brother had attacked her at their residence near Cottageville, West Virginia. Palmer was the victim of a “attack, hacked, and left for dead,” the police claimed in a statement that was posted on the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.

Palmer was reportedly found by the police on her sofa in a “upright position” with severe wounds that appeared to have been caused by an axe or a hatchet. Sheriff of Jackson County Ross Mellinger told CNN that the responding police initially thought she had died but quickly discovered that she was still alive despite her shaky breathing.

Police never discovered the firearm, according to Mellinger.

According to a witness, Palmer’s brother Daniel was seen on her porch around midnight the night before she was discovered, Mellinger continued. This happened the evening before she was found. The sheriff reported that no phone records, video surveillance, or eyewitnesses had been found elsewhere than Palmer’s home.

Numerous investigations were conducted by the police, but no one could be charged. Palmer’s care facility called Mellinger’s office a few of weeks ago to say that she was able to speak with the authorities, according to Mellinger.

Palmer could only give positive or negative answers to questions, according to Mellinger, who also told CNN that her testimony was enough for the police to make an arrest.

Daniel Palmer III, 55, was detained on Friday and charged with attempted murder as well as intentional injury, according to the arrest papers that CNN was able to obtain.

He was charged, according to the Jackson County sheriff, and given a bail of $500,000. The sheriff added that it is unclear how the man responded to the charges leveled against him. The Jackson County Public Defender’s office has been approached by CNN after the network was unable to find an attorney who could represent him.

Wanda Palmer is now coherent, but owing to her state, the Jackson County Sheriff told CNN that she is unable to carry on lengthy conversations.