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The courage to live — and to see

2 years after an attack left her scarred and blind, a mother presses on

THETFORD, Vt. - The last thing she saw was the figure, garbed in black, standing in her daughter’s bedroom holding a baseball bat.

As she screamed for her girls to lock themselves in another room, the man brought the bat crashing down, fracturing her skull. Then he pointed the tip of a squeeze bottle at her. He squirted and squirted, and when he was done, Carmen Tarleton’s body had been doused with lye. Her arms and legs, her neck and back, her ears and eyes. Virtually no part had been spared.

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