CHAD Wheeler's 'beaten' girlfriend, Alleah Taylor, was seen with blood smeared on her face after she told a 911 handler "I'm gonna die".
The former Seattle Seahawks lineman Wheeler, 27, was charged with domestic violence last month after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at a home in Kent, Washington.
In chilling audio released from her 911 call, Alleah can be heard gasping: "Please help me now. I'm gonna die."
Speaking for the first time since the alleged incident, Alleah told CBS This Morning that she had to have bolts and a steel plate put in her arm after Wheeler attacked her.
"I still have to regularly get my concussion checked… I have bolts, and steel, and a steel plate I'm gonna have forever in my arm… I'm gonna have…gonna have to deal with this the rest of my life," she said.
She spoke of how she was concerned for her boyfriend, who she had been with six months, when he decided to shave his head.
"He loved, just loved his long hair. Refused to cut it. And it surprised me, and it worried me.
"I came home. And Chad was trying to play it off as if he just kinda cut his hair.
"But then, as time went on throughout the day, he started going downhill emotionally."
She said that she told police it was the begininng of a "manic episode" and that she knew Wheeler suffered from bipolar disorder.
"We were, like, best friends. We did everything together…I even introduced him to my family.
"We would babysit my nephew together," she said, adding that the pair had barely had an argument in the time they were together.
Speaking of the moment he allegedly attacked her, Taylor said: "He stood up. And he told me to bow down. And I asked him why. And he didn't respond. He just told me to bow down again.
"And I told him no. And he immediately grabbed my neck. And that's when things began," she said tearfully.
Recalling the moment, Taylor said: "I had touched my face and I had looked down and there was blood on my hand.
"I remember getting up and running to the bathroom. Chad was standing by the bed, by the doorway and he was sipping his smoothie and he was like, 'wow, you're still alive?'"
She said the NFL star – who is 6ft 7in and 315 pounds – acted like the attack was not serious.
"I'm grateful he didn't grab me in that moment. I was able to run to the bathroom. He went back to the living room to continue eating," Taylor said.
Please help me now. I'm gonna die.
"I had texted his dad too and told him that Chad was trying to kill me. Chad's dad called him while he was eating and I was in the bathroom. And he answered and he didn't have any worry at all.
"Chad was like, 'I'm just eating dinner, nothing's going on.' And that terrified me."
Wheeler forced his fingers down his girlfriend’s throat before strangling her unconscious, a disturbing police report claims.
The harrowing details were revealed after the Seattle Seahawks player was arrested on domestic violence charges.
Wheeler was charged with first-degree domestic violence assault, felony domestic violence-unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest.
Police who rushed to an apartment in Kent, Washington, following reports of the assault last weekend, found a woman beaten and fearful for her life.
Charging documents seen by CrimeOnline allege the offensive lineman battered his girlfriend unconscious twice and left her for dead.
A report from Kent Police Department alleged that the incident began when Wheeler asked the victim to bow to him and when she did not he grabbed her and threw her on a bed, The Seattle Times reports.
According to police reports, it took three officers and two sets of handcuffs to restrain Wheeler.
Cops said that he kept apologizing as he was arrested.
When asked how she felt being alive, Taylor replied: "Beyond grateful. I really feel like God has blessed me with another chance.
"And I wanna try to use the time I've been blessed with… to help other people. And to get the story out.
"And make sure people don't feel alone. And that this doesn't happen again."
According to tweets from reporters who were in the courtroom, the former Seahawks player pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment in Kent on Monday.
Taylor who was hospitalised at the time with injuries from the alleged attack, was reportedly present in the courtroom.
According to CrimeOnline reports, Wheeler’s defense team had requested that he be allowed to move to Hawaii, where he had a home.
Wheeler’s girlfriend had suggested he instead move to LA to be with family, explaining that she wanted him to be far away from her, but not in Hawaii.
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