N.C. woman accused of beating woman with bat, abandoning her in Carter Co. mountains

John Thompson • Jan 9, 2014 at 3:31 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Carter County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday arrested a North Carolina woman who was accused of taking another woman to a remote mountainous section of Carter County and beating her with a baseball bat.

Doris Ann Calloway, 24, Newland, N.C., turned herself in to the Carter County Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon. She was served with an outstanding warrant charging her with aggravated assault.

The warrant was issued on Oct. 9, after Deputy Sarah McWhirter responded to a residence on Walnut Mountain Road in reference to an assault. The resident told McWhirter that she heard a knock on her door. When she answered the door, she found a woman, Heather Watson, standing on her porch, begging for help. She said Watson was clutching her arm and dragging one of her legs, and was not wearing shoes.

Watson told the resident she had been driven further down the remote Walnut Mountain Road by two women she knew, and then assaulted by them with baseball bats and a shovel.

Watson was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment.

Investigator Travis Ludlow interviewed Watson a few days later. Watson said she agreed to go to the store with Calloway and another woman. She said they drove her on a gravel road on Walnut Mountain, where they got her out of the vehicle and began assaulting her with baseball bats. She said they took her shoes and personal belongings and threw them into the woods. Then they left.

Watson then walked approximately two miles with no shoes and an injured leg to get help.

Calloway is scheduled to answer the charge during the next session of Sessions Court.

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