Editor’s Note: There are numerous version of this story making rounds on the Internet, claiming friends called police to alert them to the situation. According to WTVR, a statement made to CNN by Leslie County Sheriff Deputy Sam Mullins states: The Facebook photo had nothing to do with the woman receiving help. He said a call was made to 911 in which dispatch heard screaming in the background and something about a gun before the line went dead. Later a second call, from the husband, came in. He said he’d beaten his wife and that she needed help, Mullins said. The woman did post a photo of herself on Facebook asking for help, but Mullins said no one called police as a result of the photo.
Susann Stacy thought she was reaching out to a caring group of friends by posting a bloodied selfie of herself to Facebook. But what actually saved her life was a phone call to local police.
As Stacy lay bleeding in her kitchen floor after her husband had just beaten her with his pistol, she was convinced there would be more. She picked up the phone he had earlier knocked out of her hands and took a selfie, and then pasted it to Facebook with the comment, “Help please anyone.” No one called police for her.
The fight initially started over a phone call Stacy made while in the bathroom. When she came out, her suspicious husband, Donnie Stacy of Leslie County, Kentucky, attacked her with his pistol, beating her repeatedly in the head and face. Stacy beat his wife until she lay bleeding in the floor of their kitchen. Susann reached for her cell phone to attempt to call police, but from that location in their rural older home, got no phone service signal. There was only a WiFi signal.
Police say an earlier attempt to call them is what motivated them to respond to the residence. Leslie County Sheriff Deputy Sam Mullins said that a call was made to 911 where a woman screaming could be heard and someone saying something about a gun before the call cut off. Later, a second call came from Donnie Stacy who admitted to beating his wife. He said she needed help. Police say no calls from anyone on Facebook came as a result of the selfie.