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Police hunt for attacker who struck St. Charles teen in head, possibly with hammer

Police hunt for attacker who struck St. Charles teen in head, possibly with hammer

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ST. CHARLES — Police on Wednesday were searching for video surveillance that might have captured a suspected hammer attack last weekend of an 18-year-old woman.

A resident of the 1100 block of St. Charles Avenue called police about 11 p.m. Sunday to say a female drenched in blood was outside screaming.

St. Charles police Lt. Tom Wilkison said the woman was conscious when police arrived but told police she didn't know what happened to her, Wilkison said. She had blunt force trauma to the top of her head, Wilkison said.

Morgan Greer, who identified herself as the victim's mother, said on Facebook that her daughter Jessamyn was attacked a short distance from their home as she was walking from work.

Greer said her daughter suffered a skull fracture and underwent surgery. She said the surgeon thought the weapon was "the claw side to a hammer or something similar."

"The person attacked from behind and she never had a chance to protect herself," Greer wrote on Facebook, adding that she went public because she thinks the city needs to know what happened to her daughter.

Her daughter is expected to recover. Greer told a reporter Wednesday she was with a detective and didn't have time to talk.

Wilkison said police have not found a weapon or been able to confirm what kind of weapon was used. He said police were canvassing the area in search of doorbell cameras and other video surveillance. St. Charles Avenue is southwest of the area of First Capitol Drive and South Clay Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Charles Police Department Detective Bureau at 636-949-3320.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the victim's age.

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