One arrested after Chattanooga woman loses eyeballs


Chattanooga Police are charging a 45-year-old man with attempted first degree murder after officers say he attacked a woman so badly that she lost both of her eyeballs.

The woman is now recovering in the hospital, and EMS crews told investigating officers she will permanently lose her sight because of the attack.

The incident happened on Wednesday at a home on the 7300 block of Frances Drive in Chattanooga at about 8:30 p.m.

An affidavit obtained by WTVC revealed more details about what happened:

It says officers responding to a domestic assault call arrived to find the victim lying face-down on the ground, with one of her eyeballs on the ground next to her.

An ambulance rushed to the victim to the hospital. EMS crews told officers the woman also had been cut on her upper arm, the side of her stomach, and on her breast. They also told officers that the woman had not lost one, but two eyeballs, and that this injury was severe enough for her to permanently lose her sight.

The affidavit says officers found Michael Roberson nearby, and quickly placed him into custody.

At the police station, Roberson told officers that the fight he had with the victim started with a dispute over the couple's son. The affidavit says he then told officers he "blacked out and did not remember what he did." He also told officers that he is "at a low point in his life."

The affidavit says officers found a broken knife, keys, and torn clothing on the scene.

Roberson remains in custody at the Hamilton County Jail, and now faces charges of attempted first degree murder and aggravated domestic assault.

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