Manhunt underway after blind woman is severely beaten

Over a span of three days investigators said she was beaten so severely by a man she had known all her life - 37-year-old Charles Brandon Ayers.

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - Tammy Usher is blind.

Over a span of 3 days, investigators said she was severely beaten by a man she had known all her life,  37-year-old Charles Brandon Ayers. Her injuries were so bad, it caused facial fractures, lacerations, contusion, and bruising.

"Probably one of the most severe beatings we've seen according to some of our detectives," Paulding County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Ashley Henson said. 

Now a manhunt is underway.

On April 26, deputies said Usher and Ayers left her home in Paulding County in the family truck. Her family did not hear from her until 3 days later.  On April 29, deputies said Ayers dropped her off at the Loves Truck Stop in Emerson, Ga. where she asked a friend to take her to the hospital.

"When I walked into Grady and I walked into  her room, honestly, we thought that we were identifying her body because of the way she looked," a family member told 11Alive. "Her head was the size of a watermelon. She was unrecognizable."

Ayers and the family’s truck have not been seen since. He is charged with aggravated battery and theft by conversion out of Paulding County. Ayers is also wanted in Douglas County for aggravated assault for allegedly beating another woman. All charges are felony offenses. 

Paulding County Sheriff’s Deputies and the U.S. Marshal's Service are actively searching for Usher.

WARNING: The following gallery contains photos showing the graphic nature of the beating. The victim's family provided us these photos, and we're sharing them in order to show how dangerous the suspect can be. Viewer discretion is advised.

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