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Daughter of homeless woman nearly beaten to death speaks out


Phoenix police are asking for help as they try to track down the person who beat a homeless woman within an inch of her life.

The woman's daughter says her mother is unrecognizable.

Her skull was crushed, jaw severed from her face.

The beating happened July 5 on an access road near I-17 and camelback, between 2 a.m. And 3:30 a.m.

Police are investigating this as an attempted murder.

They released surveillance video from a nearby business showing a person of interest in the case.

He has a severe limp and is seen walking back and forth in the area around the time the woman was beaten.

"She looks like someone took her face apart and put it back together," said Hayfa Marengo.

Marengo sits at her mother's bedside in the hospital where she is clinging to life after being severely beaten last Friday.

"beaten does not begin to describe it, it was bone chilling," said Marengo.

No one's been arrested for the crime.

Police say Marengo's mother, 46-year old Virginia Dashkovitz, was left for dead and later found by police, laying alongside an access road at i-17 and camelback.

"I have to drive by here everyday, it's hard.," said Marengo.

Investigators say Dashkovitz was homeless and known to sleep in the area. Her family says she had only been on the streets for a week.

"She was an amazing person, she was an advocate, she worked for a group home, went to ASU honor college, was an amazing mother. She fell on hard times, lost her job, apartment and car. Most people I know live paycheck to paycheck. This could happen to anyone else's mother," said Marengo.

Marengo sits at her mother's bedside with a hope board, hoping her mother recovers and hoping the community will come forward with information about her mother's attacker.

"There aren't words to describe how someone could do this to someone you love," said Marengo.

Dashkovitz is unresponsive in the hospital.

Police haven't been able to talk with her so they're relying on the public for help.

There is a $1,000 reward leading to an arrest.

Call silent witness at 480-witness.

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