Risner said after multiple surgeries and bed rest she recovered enough to reopen the business two months ago. She is working with a speech therapist to regain her normal diction. She has foreign accent syndrome caused by the trauma to her brain.
“After I woke up from the brain bleed, I spoke this way. People tell me I sound like I have a foreign accent, but I am from Ohio,” she said.
On Aug. 14, as a Middletown police officer was on patrol about 3:10 p.m. the officer saw a man leave a house in the 3800 block of Central Avenue. As the officer passed, the man called out “hey,” and he stopped.
Risner, 43, was found upstairs semi-conscious with facial injuries. McDonald said Risner said she was beaten with an object and used a knife to protect herself. Speaks was not injured, according to police.
Police detectives said Risner took Speaks in as a favor for a friend. When she wanted him to leave, he became upset and got physical, police said.