John Healey is worried that his daughter will never be the same. Jackie Healey, 24, was one of two women brutally beaten by two teenage boys at the Behavioural Health Foundation near Selkirk late Sunday night.
Healey and a 55-year-old woman were rushed to hospital in serious but stable condition. Healey was then transferred to the Health Sciences Centre.
“They were meant to be killed,” John Healey said from his God’s Lake First Nation home Monday. “They got a baseball bat and put pool balls in a sock, then beat them. They went after the older woman first, without Jackie knowing. They didn’t get her in the head and she played dead. Then, they went after Jackie. When she heard Jackie’s screams, she managed to go for help.
“But she had to go quite a ways for help and when they came back, (Jackie) was lying in a pool of blood. They thought she was dead.”
Jackie, who was working at the facility as past of a Red River College course, suffered multiple skull fractures, busted teeth, and may have been blinded in one eye.
“Her eyes were swollen shut and they forced them open and shone a light in them,” said Jamie Healey, her older sister, who spent the night in the hospital with Jackie and their mother. “They’re quite concerned because she couldn’t see the light in one eye.
“Those boys gave her quite a licking.”
Jackie also suffered multiple bruises to her arms and legs.
“I think (Jackie) will survive, but will she be able to walk again?” John Healey wondered. “Will she have a learning disability?”
The teens, 17 and 16, also stole the truck that Jackie had been driving, said Selkirk RCMP, who are still looking for them. The truck was found abandoned in Winnipeg on Monday afternoon, RCMP confirmed.
John Healey, who was planning to fly down Tuesday, also wondered why there was no security provided for the two women who were beaten while they were alone at the facility.
“These girls were sitting ducks,” he said. “They’re both lucky to be alive.
“We’re talking about this because we don’t want something like this to happen to anyone else.”
Anyone with information about the suspects’ whereabouts is asked to contact police or call Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or submit a tip, or text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).