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ONLY ON 3: Battered Columbus County inmate speaks


WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- 24-year-old Daniel Davis was in the Columbus County Detention Center for a probation violation when he says the unthinkable happened.

In a jailhouse interview Davis rehashed the events surrounding the beating that left him with a severely broken jaw.

"They put me in the cell with murderers and rapists,” said Daniel Davis. “They brought cigarettes in from outside, and so somebody’s cigarettes got missing, and one of the other boys said they seen me grab them. I went to my cell and I was going to get my bible and read it like I do every evening and four men run in behind me and jumped me and started beating me. Four against one there wasn't too much I could do, so my biggest concern was getting out of my cell door. When I come out of my cell them boys came out behind me and the rest of the pod jumped in and said if you hit the button and call for help we all are going to jump on you. The biggest thing that got me was that none of the C/O's could see blood running down my mouth or nothing else and they're setting in a 24 hour box watching everything. I sat in there for 13 hours and they shook the block down and I let the sergeant know. I told him I needed to go to the emergency room or I needed to see the nurse and he said the nurse is gone. I kept at them saying I need to see somebody I need to see somebody and they kept refusing me to see any kind of emergency. The nurse is gone, that’s what they kept telling me. In my situation I should have been taken to an emergency room."

With his jaw wired shut Davis is currently unable to eat solid food, and has been forced to go on a liquid diet. "I talked to the doctor up there in Wilmington and asked him if I could get ensure,” said Davis. “I had to call my mother to pay for it and I get two of them a day. If it wasn't for that I wouldn't really be eating nothing. I sat in here three days before I ever had my jaw wired shut."

Davis says it is now a waiting game to find out if he will be released due to a medical hardship or be extradited back to Horry County, South Carolina, where he is wanted for probation violation.

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