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Hammer attack victim looking for new home, fresh start

Posted: Updated: May 6, 2013 10:28 PM

It's been nearly five months since she was attacked with a hammer and her son was kidnapped, but Kathryn Riter says she can't heal because the memories of what happened in her The Dalles home still haunts her.

On Jan. 23, The Dalles police say Depriest barged into Riter's home and kidnapped her 5-year old son Skylar.

He was a former boyfriend who turned to drugs and became angry when they broke up.

Police say Depriest beat Riter and Skylar's dad with a hammer, all while the boy was watching.

Police managed to track down Depriest.

They arrested him and returned Skylar to his mom.

But things are far from being back to normal.

"I think about it all the time. It just makes it hard to deal with everything," Riter said.

Riter is struggling to heal—physically and emotionally.

Doctors used 40 staples to put her fractured skull together.

Today, those scars remain.

What's worse, she doesn't feel safe in her own home, fearing Depriest might post bail and come back.

"If he does get out, he'll know exactly where to find me. At least if I move he won't be able to find me as quickly," Riter said.

The problem is, Riter can't find a home she can afford and is safe for her kids.

So her sister, Amber Tyler, has set up the Coulter-Jarding Donation Fund at Rivermark Community Bank.

"How you can live in a house where something like that has happened and not relive it several times a day every day is beyond me," Tyler said.

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