Daughter: Victim of hammer attack improving

An undated courtesy photo of Cassindra Davis.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A woman remained in the hospital Tuesday in critical but stable condition after her husband allegedly hit her in the head with a hammer.

The alleged assault happened Sunday morning in Battle Creek at the apartment the couple shared. Cassindra Davis, 45, suffered brain damage and was taken to a Kalamazoo hospital to undergo surgery on her skull.

Family members said they were told by doctors that she may not survive the attack, but there have been signs of progress that her daughter called a miracle.

“She’s doing things that they was telling us Sunday evening that she’d probably never be able to do again. … She’s moving. She’s opening her eyes. She’s trying to speak,” Erica Page said. “They said none of that would be possible. Well, God said, ‘Yes, it is.'”

Davis’ husband, 58-year-old James Davis, is now behind bars, charged with assault with intent to commit murder. Detectives said he called police to report the attack and confessed Regarding motive, detectives would only say there was an argument over the couple’s relationship.

“I forgive her husband,” Page, who is not James Davis’ daughter, said. “I just want to know why and don’t understand why he took it to that extent.”

James Davis' mug shot from the Calhoun County Jail.
James Davis’ mug shot from the Calhoun County Jail.

Michigan State Police records show James Davis has a lengthy criminal history including misdemeanor convictions for domestic violence and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct within the past six years. He was also convicted of second-degree murder in Detroit in the 1970s.

Cassindra Davis’ family said she met him three years ago and knew about his checkered past.

“I was terrified for my mother, but she said that he had changed and she wasn’t worried about it,” Page said. “He’s crazy. None of the family had a good feeling about him. He was very antisocial.”

She said her mother has struggled with alcoholism and was drunk when the assault happened. Regardless, Page said her mother is a caring, loyal woman and her best friend.

Family members are now praying for her continued recovery.

“She’s going to make it. I got a lot of faith,” Page said.

Page was in court for James Davis’ arraignment on Monday and was told he will spent 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

If Cassindra Davis’ condition worsens and she does not survive, the prosecutor says James Davis could face a murder charge.

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