She was taken to an area hospital and later told police she and her ex-boyfriend, Whatley, were discussing their relationship outside the apartment they shared, and he became upset.
When she told him she wouldn’t take him back, he reportedly said, “If (I) can't have (you), then nobody else will.” He also told her she would see her mother, who had died, before pulling a machete from underneath his shirt, police said.
A neighbor heard Sewell’s screams and called 911. She was taken to Floyd Medical Center and later flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for emergency surgery.
Whatley may be driving Sewell’s 2006 gold Ford Taurus, bearing Georgia tag PAV 1282. She told police Whatley has relatives in Rome and Savannah.
He was still at large Wednesday, according to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.