Ark. TV Anchor Gravely Hurt After Attack

By: CBS/AP
By: CBS/AP

(CBS/AP) An intruder beat a popular TV anchorwoman in her home during a possible robbery and left her with life-threatening injuries, police said Monday.

Anne Pressly, 26, was found lying in her bed and bleeding from "severe wounds," police spokeswoman Cassandra Davis. She found non-responsive and bleeding from the head, Davis said.

Pressly, who anchors the 5 a.m. newscast on ABC affiliate KATV, was found at about 4:30 a.m. by her mother. Her mother went to her home after she failed to answer her mother's wakeup call.

Davis says the attack may have come during a robbery, because Pressly's purse was missing. There were no suspects.

The last known contact with Pressly was between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

A hospital spokeswoman didn't return a call regarding her condition.

During the station's 11:30 a.m. newscast Monday, anchor Jason Pederson read a story about the attack and said Pressly was hospitalized.

"We would ask that you keep Anne in your thoughts and, especially, in your prayers," Pederson said.

After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rhodes College, Pressly was hired as a full-time producer and part-time reporter at KATV in May 2004, producing "Good Morning Arkansas" and reporting for "MidDay Arkansas" and "Saturday Daybreak," according to her bio on the station's Web site.

According to the site, a chance encounter with a casting director while working on a story helped Pressly land a small role in Oliver Stone’s film "W."

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