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Leland assault victim questions law enforcement response

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Melissa Tate said the suspect followed through with their threats minutes after deputies first left the scene. Melissa Tate said the suspect followed through with their threats minutes after deputies first left the scene.

LELAND, NC (WECT) – A Leland family is questioning if law enforcement did enough to stop an assault that resulted in a man being stabbed and his mother hit in the head with a board.

Melissa Tate said she and her family were threatened by her daughter's boyfriend and some of his friends Friday evening. Tate called 911, but said the men followed through with their threats minutes after deputies left the scene on Grist Creek Wynd.

"They purposely came down and stabbed my child," said Tate. "He purposely bashed me over the head."

According to Tate, her son "flat-lined" twice in the ambulance, although he was later released from the hospital.

Emily Flax, a spokeswoman for the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, said deputies followed standard procedures when first responding to the call of threats. Seeing no signs of an assault, they took a report and told the suspects not to go on the victim's property, said Flax.

The assault occurred about ten minutes after law enforcement officers left the area, according to Tate.

William Edward Kelly, 33, was taken into custody after being located with the help of a law-enforcement helicopter and arrested for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

The Leland resident was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility after posting a $2,000 bond, which Tate believes was too low given the alleged assault.

"My biggest complaint is that I don't feel safe," Tate said. "I don't even think calling the Brunswick police department can help me. I don't think they'll protect any of us if we call them anyway."

Flax noted that charges and bonds are set by the magistrate – not the sheriff's office.

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