Police: Georgia woman hospitalized after being beaten, set on fire; ex-boyfriend arrested, charged in attack

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LAGRANGE, Ga. (WRBL/WFXR) – A man is facing numerous charges after police say his ex-girlfriend was held against her will, beaten, and set on fire early Friday morning.

Investigators say the victim, Sherry Hardnett, was found walking down South Greenwood Street around 5 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, where she flagged down a police officer for help.

Officers with the LaGrange Criminal Investigations Section, who took over the investigation, learned from Hardnett that her ex-boyfriend — 44-year-old Damario Davis — had broken into her home sometime in the early morning hours of Friday and waited for her to return home.

According to investigators, that is when the attack on Hardnett began. Police say Hardnett was held against her will, beaten, and kicked. Davis then poured an unknown flammable accelerant on her and set her on fire, authorities say.

Hardnett reportedly sustained significant burns to a good portion of her upper and lower body. She was taken to Well Star West Georgia Medical Center for treatment. An update on her condition is not available at this time.

Davis was taken into custody a short time later on an active warrant for his arrest stemming from a domestic violence incident in April.

Davis reportedly faces additional charges in connection to the incident Friday morning against Hardnett, including criminal attempt murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, false imprisonment, burglary, aggravated stalking, and first degree arson.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the LaGrange Police Department at (706) 883-2603 or Troup County Crime Stoppers at (706) 812-1000.

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