Domestic violence survivor speaks out after ex-husband's verdict is revealed

The verdict for Todd George was decided Thursday afternoon and the survivor is stepping forward to share her story.

Posted: Jun. 9, 2018 11:47 PM
Updated: Jun. 11, 2018 9:46 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- A Frankfort man is in prison after being found guilty of kidnapping his estranged wife.
The verdict for Todd George was decided Thursday afternoon and the survivor is stepping forward to share her story.

She said in the beginning, everything was perfect, but the verdict Lori George heard Thursday afternoon was the one she needed to hear.

She reached out to WLFI about her kidnapping that happened in May last year, a time she remembers all too well after making the decision to leave her ex-husband while he was out of town.

"I can home one night and there was a show on TV like 60 minutes," said Lori. "They were talking about domestic violence and I thought oh my gosh that's my life. "

The night of May 3rd, 2017, Lafayette Police responded to a 9-1-1 call on Lori Lee Drive. Lori's roommate Daniel Marsh came home that night after work and found his front door broken into. He later discovered Lori was nowhere to be found. Lori later told investigators that Todd drove her to his home in Clinton County.

"What was going through your mind, did you put yourself in a situation where you were like, 'this is it?'" 

"On the way from Lafayette to Frankfort, I just kept thinking about my kids, and my grandkids," Lori said. "I just wanted to reach out to someone and let them know that I was going to die that night."

Prosecutors said Todd George punched Lori and struck her in the head with a metal object. Todd also tied her hands behind her back while wrapping duct tape around her mouth.

"During that time he was telling me he was going to kill me and was going to kill my family if he got in trouble."

Hours later, police found her injured at a hotel in Indianapolis. Lori said she wants other women to notice the signs before it's too late.

"Are there any warning signs you wish you would have picked up on but know now that you want to tell people?"

"They make you feel like you're number one, but then if it doesn't go their way they get angry."

And that this situation does not define her.

"I'm still me, but just a better me."

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