Poetry from the victim of a Hamilton home invasion

After a violent break-in that severely injured her husband and damaged their house, Hamilton Mountain resident Lissa Rodda details her experience in a poem.

Lissa Rodda's husband severely injured after man broke into their Mountain home

Lissa Rodda and her husband Dave play with their two-month-old daughter. Dave, with his arm in a cast, was severely injured by a man after a violent break-in. (Sunnie Huang/CBC)

It was a parent's worst nightmare.

Around 3 a.m. on June 7, Lissa Rodda locked herself in the bathroom of her Hamilton Mountain home and called 911.

Downstairs, her husband Dave was fighting for his life after a teen broke into their home and — in what the couple described as in a drug-induced delirium — started viciously attacking Dave.

Upstairs, her two-month-old daughter Alexis was sound asleep, unaware of the terror her parents were going through.

“I was just thinking, 'Please don't wake up. Please don't cry.' If [the intruder] hears a baby in that state, I don't know what he's going to do.” she told CBC Hamilton.

Two weeks after the break-in, the family is still coping with the aftermath. Dave suffered injuries from head to toe: a mild concussion, a bruised nose, an injured right shoulder and cuts to the knees. The gashes on his tricep were so bad they needed 50 stitches.

As recovery continues, Lissa has put her experience into a poem, titled June 7th. By sharing their story, the couple say they want to shed light on drug abuse, as well as call for more police presence in their neighbourhood.

(Supplied by Lissa Rodda)