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FIRST ON 3: Teen allegedly beaten by boyfriend opens eyes, communicates with friends

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hannah Connaway’s friend Claudene Williams says Connaway has opened her eyes and is communicating with friends and family. They say she was talking hoarsely, telling them she loves them and is happy to see them.

Witnesses say the 17-year-old girl’s boyfriend beat her so badly she had to have brain surgery and be put in a medically-induced coma. Her alleged attacker, Michael Hutton, 18, is still in jail under a $1 million bond. He denied our request for a jailhouse interview today.

Williams says Connaway seems confused but keeps on smiling.

A hospital spokeswoman says Connaway is in fair condition.


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