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When Daphne Sheldon befriended a homeless man, she never thought he would savagely attack her. When Daphne Sheldon befriended a homeless man, she never thought he would savagely attack her.
"I have the hope of regaining all of muscles in my face where I can actually smile and do things again, eat normal.  I do feel like I'll have a full recovery." "I have the hope of regaining all of muscles in my face where I can actually smile and do things again, eat normal. I do feel like I'll have a full recovery."
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

When Daphne Sheldon befriended a homeless man, she never thought he would savagely attack her.

Sheldon said Julius Eric Parson, 47, offered her work cleaning vacant houses. She didn't know he was homeless and she needed the money. She said the attack followed soon after.

"He said, 'Are you ready to meet God? Because by in the morning, you're going to be dead.' And those were his exact words," Sheldon recalled. 

The attack happened last week at a vacant home at the corner of 14th Street and Ingalls Avenue in Pascagoula. Sheldon's shoes, brush, and a pool of dried blood are still there. Her sense of trust is not. 

"Now, I'm more reserved. I don't really go out of my way to speak to someone and I just kind of stay to myself now more than I used to," Sheldon explained. 

She has a warning for others who might find themselves in a similar situation.

"You don't know everything about that person, so therefore you can't assume that they're going to treat you nice, that they're going to be good to you. So you need to make sure that you're on your guard."

Even though the scars from the attack remain, each day is a blessing.  

"I'm lucky to be alive. I thank God that I'm alive because he had intentions of killing me and I just happened to get away." 

She has no sympathy for her alleged attacker.

"I would want him to rot in a place where it's very heated. But as far as that goes, I would prefer not to even look him in the eye ever again," Sheldon said. 

She hopes to recover from her injuries.  

"I have the hope of regaining all of muscles in my face where I can actually smile and do things again, eat normal.  I do feel like I'll have a full recovery." 

What won't be recovered is the person she once was. 

"I believe it's changed me forever. I don't believe I'll ever be the same again."

During a court hearing Wednesday, Parson had no attorney and represented himself. He could not be reached for comment. His bond was increased to $1 million. Right now, he's being held in the Jackson County jail charged with two counts of aggravated assault, and one count of sexual battery. His case will be presented to the next grand jury.

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