The mother of one of the women allegedly raped at a Bahamas resort said she knew “something was not quite right” about two hours before her daughter sent a text that stopped her heart.
“Call us now we’ve been drugged and raped,” Dongayla Dobson texted her mom, Frankie King, who spoke to Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview.
“They were on a live video that they just posted or something. They were like falling all over the place,” King said. “They don’t drink a lot, but I’ve seen both of those girls drunk. I knew there was something else going on. Like something’s not quite right, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.”
That was around 9:30 to 10 a.m. Feb. 1, the day her daughter and best friend since fourth grade, Amber Shearer, were allegedly drugged with a laced cocktail and attacked. Two hours later, King received the bone-chilling text.
“It’s a parent’s worst nightmare,” King said. “Your child is in trouble, in danger and scared, and they’re 300, 500 miles away, or whatever, across the water, and I can’t get to them.”
A resort housekeeper found Shearer and Dobson unconscious in a bathroom of the Pirate’s Cove resort on Grand Bahama Island, King said.
A nurse practioner helped saved the women’s lives, documented their injuries and has been checking up on them daily since their return to their home in Kentucky, the doting mom said.
But service was shoddy. It was difficult for King, her wife and their son-in-law to fully understand what was happening or when they were returning to the port in Jacksonville. And both women have children between the ages of 4 and 17.
They all waited over 24 hours before the survivors were reunited with their families.
“I never imagined how traumatized they actually were until I saw them at the airport,” King said. “It was like they were children again. They came running into me and jumped on me. I mean, they almost knocked me down.
“Everything came out all at once. We’re all just absolutely bawling. We stood there for I don’t know how long. They wouldn’t let go, and we’re just rubbing their backs and saying, ‘I’ve got you. You’re safe now.'”
Both women, who have been friends since the fourth grade, come from humble backgrounds. They saved money since March to take this “once-in-a-lifetime girl’s trip,” King said.
A couple of sips into what the women allege were drug-laced cocktails, and the best vacation of their lives turned into a fight for survival. They said they lost consciousness, and that’s when they were allegedly sexually assaulted.
“I vaguely remember glimpses of his face,” Dobson told “Good Morning America” Thursday. “I don’t remember everything. I remember enough that he was a staff worker, he had a goatee and he was a local.”
Their toxicology results came back with a mix of drugs in their systems.
The Royal Bahama Police Force said in a Feb. 4 statement it arrested two men — ages 54 and 40 — in the alleged sexual assault. Their names were not released.
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