A Flowery Branch woman who claimed she was stabbed in the stomach last week actually stabbed herself, Hall County sheriff officials said.
Beverly Haynie told deputies a stranger stabbed her in the stomach when she opened her door on Dec. 15 at her Bald Eagle Place home off Calvary Church Road in southern Hall County.
However, during an interview Tuesday, she told officials the wound was self-inflected, said spokesman Col. Jeff Strickland.
“As a result of the investigation and the thorough interviews of all persons associated with the incident, Ms. Haynie has now admitted that the assault did not take place,” he said.
Haynie was flown about 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta after officials came to her home and found her with stab wounds in the abdomen.
In a phone call to The Times on Tuesday evening, Haynie said she never admitted to the self-inflicted wound.
“The questions happened so fast, and I don’t think they have any evidence against me,” she said. “I have severe anxiety, and they coerced me by asking if a person in my state would do something like this. I said sure, but I never admitted that I did this to myself.”
Sheriff’s officials noted Tuesday evening that the interviews are recorded on video, and investigators in the Criminal Investigations Division will stick to their story.
“People can say what they want, but I know what I believe,” Haynie told The Times. “I’ve agreed to everything they’ve asked me to do in cooperation to find the suspect. Why would I agree to an interview or hospital evaluation if I did this to myself?”
No charges have been filed in the matter.