Mom ‘played dead’ to save toddler twins after ex broke into her home and stabbed her eight times
A brave Texas mom was forced to play dead to save her children after her ex stabbed her eight times.
Brittany Morris, 31, was in an ‘on and off’ relationship with boyfriend Rondell Raman Malveaux after becoming pregnant with twins the first time they were intimate.
After Brittany told Rondell in August 2019 that the relationship was over, he showed up at her Beaumont home and stabbed her eight times with a kitchen knife.
Morris suffered near-fatal injuries to her neck, back, hip and face. She remains paralyzed from the chest down.
Brittany Morris (left) is pictured with ex-boyfriend Randall Malveaux (right), who stabbed her
Brittany (pictured left and right in auxiliary wheelchairs) is paralyzed from the chest
Rondell claimed he “didn’t want her to be with anyone else.”
Brittany feared she would die in front of her two shocked toddlers – saying she pretended to be dead so Rondell would leave without harming them.
After stabbing her four times in the neck and in the back, hip, side and face, Brittany says Malveaux ran off and took all the phones from the house to avoid calling the police.
The mother says she was forced to play dead when he returned minutes later and demanded her sister’s car keys so he could flee faster.
She said, “I saw his shadow trying to get into my bedroom window with the knife.
Brittany (center) faced an assassination attempt in front of twins Isaac (right) and Imanu’el (left), five
Inspirational Brittany just graduated – and raising money to pay for a special driver’s license
He kicked the front door wide open. I walked out with him and sat in the chair on the porch and he just yelled at me.
He said, ‘So you’re done with me, this is it?’ and I said “Yes” and then it just started sticking right up my neck to the spine and so I was paralyzed right away.
“I was awake all the time, so I remember everything.”
Miraculously, the inspiring mother survived the vicious attack – and now struggles to regain her life in the form of a modified vehicle and driver’s license so she can transport herself and her two sons.
Brittany added: ‘It was never on my mind to run away – I had my kids there and I didn’t want him to do anything to them to try and hurt me. My sister and cousin were also there.
“I used the last energy I had to lunge forward at him and that caused him to run away.
“I was just praying that God wouldn’t bring me before my kids because my kids were standing there in the doorway when he ran away and they saw him.
Attempted killer Randall (left) sentenced to 20 years in prison – but could be released in just 10 years
Brittany hopes to get a driver’s license so she can transport her five-year-old sons
“I thought about where my children were going and I thought I should stay here, I should be here to take care of them.”
Malveaux was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but Brittany still fears he could be eligible for parole much earlier – raising concerns for her safety.
Brittany’s sister was forced to knock on a neighbor’s door until someone answered and called an ambulance, who took her to Christ St Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, southeastern Texas.
After allegedly crashing into Brittany’s car, Rondell was arrested and charged with aggravated assault in the domestic violence category.
Brittany said: ‘As he ran away, my sister came out and my sons came to the doorway.
“One of them said ‘Mommy, that’s Daddy’ and I said ‘I know, go in’ and told my sister to close the door – I don’t even know how I got the energy to talk.
Brave Brittany (pictured in hospital) said she may have to move when Randall is released
“My sister tried to help me up, but I couldn’t move. My left arm fell in front of me and I had no control over it.
“I told my sister to throw the knife in case he came back – and eventually he came back to get the keys to my car.
“I had to play dead for a few minutes while my sister handed him the keys so he could leave.
Morris was stabbed in her home in front of her two boys – and played dead to save them
“He took our phones, so my sister had to knock on everyone’s doors until someone could call an ambulance for us — I don’t know how long I waited to get help.”
Brittany says she and Malveaux were childhood friends who grew up in the same area and went to school together before her family moved to Los Angeles, California.
After moving to Arkansas in late 2015, she says the couple reconnected online and started talking before visiting them in their Texas hometown, where they slept together and fathered her twin boys.
The couple then had a tumultuous relationship for three years until Brittany finally called it quits in August 2019.
Brittany said, “The relationship was on and off. I tried to keep my family together. The last words I told him were, “I’m done fighting for the family now.”
“When I said it was over and I was done with him, he came looking for me and tried to kill me because he didn’t want me to be with anyone else.”
The violent attack left the mother of two paralyzed from the chest and in the ICU for a month, followed by another four months in hospital.
She spent the last four months at Woodlands Specialty Hospital, undergoing respiratory therapy to recover from three months on a ventilator, as well as physical therapy.
Brittany suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury, meaning the spinal cord was damaged but not severed.
This meant that the nerves could recover and she could regain some movement.
In March 2021, Brittany underwent surgery at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center to place a Baclofen pump — a means of delivering a muscle relaxant to address the spasticity caused by her spinal cord injury.
In March last year, Brittany underwent surgery (left and right) to place a Baclofen pump, which administers a muscle relaxant to address the spasticity caused by her spinal cord injury.
Brittany has movement and strength in her arms again, but the limited movement in her legs has forced her to use a wheelchair.
Brittany said: ‘When I got to the hospital I couldn’t speak and they had to put me on a ventilator.
“My spasticity was so strong by the time I got into therapy that they couldn’t really do anything for me, so I had to get Baclofen right away.
“I was just starting to think about what I needed to do to get my independence and I wanted to move forward mentally.
‘I’m still trying to rehabilitate more. I have a little movement in my legs, but I need to do a lot more therapy.”
Malveaux was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Jefferson County Court, Beaumont in March 2020.
The mother says he has a chance of parole after ten years, raising concerns for her safety and that of her children.
It also means she thinks she will be forced to leave the area.
Brittany is now striving to get ahead in her life and find work, having graduated last month with an associate degree in occupational safety.
She recently passed her first driving test in a modified vehicle, with accelerator and brake levers, and is working towards getting her driver’s license.
A charity specializing in helping crime victims has offered to cover the cost of modifying a van so Brittany can drive her wheelchair up a ramp and straight into the driver’s seat.
The mother is now raising the cost of $18,000 of a used van to move forward with the charity and achieve its goal of independence.
Brittany said: ‘For years I’ve driven my wheelchair everywhere – to school, to run errands, to take my kids to the park.
‘You can’t do much without transport, because you are dependent on people. I have to start driving again.
“I could find work and do more therapy because I could transport myself.
“I wouldn’t depend on people to take my kids to school or do things for me either.”