Fairburn church worker recalls attack in her office

The teenager who allegedly attacked a woman with a baseball bat is still on the run.

As church worker Martha Emory was being beaten with a bat by an attacker Thursday morning, she had one thing on her mind: protecting her baby, who was in the room next to her sleeping.

Emory, 52, suffered scratches and bruises in the attack by an unidentified assailant. She let him inside her office at Fairburn United Methodist Church to use the phone, but he then tried to rob her.

“I was sitting and he was standing coming at me,” Emory told Channel 2 Action News. “I bent down and I think that’s why he got my head and not the side of my face or the side of my head.”

Her attacker demanded the keys to a car, which was parked in the lot, but she told him it was not her car and she did not have the keys. He then fled and police are looking for him.

While Emory was being beaten, her baby slept in a crib nearby and was not hurt. Emory needed 10 stitches for a gash in her head.

Police are still searching for the teen. They have asked that anyone with information about the case call 770-964-1441.