The only real difference between Chartrissia Anderson’s story and Marissa Alexander’s story is the presence of a firearm in the latter.
Both of them are mothers in their thirties. Both have lived in Jacksonville, Fla. Both have had children with a man named Rico Gray. And both were victims of his abuse.
Anderson, whose daughter with Gray is now 9-years-old, knew nothing about the similarities she shared with Alexander until recently. She’s known Gray for 12 years.
“I knew that (Gray and Alexander) were together and they were married, but I never knew about the violence that took place within the relationship,” said Anderson, in an exclusive interview with Loop 21.
The 36-year-old says she only knew about the abuse she alleges she endured at Gray’s hands in 2006. Anderson says Gray punched her in the face for confronting him about his relationship with another woman with whom he has a child.
When she called the police, she learned of the lengths Gray might go to avoid trouble with the law.
“Once he realized that the call had went through, he went into the kitchen and pulled out a fork,” Anderson recalled. “His son was there…in the tub. (Gray) started stabbing himself in the arm with the fork. He told his son that when the police get here, tell them that I stabbed him.”