TAMPA - It has been an emotional week for the family of Audrey Mabrey. The mother of two is still in critical condition after being burned over 80 percent of her body.
Her mother, Lisa Brown, flew in from Texas to be by her daughter's side. She said she barely recognized Audrey.
"From what I can tell, she's in a lot of pain, and that really hurts me," she said, through tears.
Mabrey has 2nd and 3rd degree burns. Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies said Mabrey's husband, Chris Hanney poured lighter fluid on her and set her on fire.
Audrey's father said it is tough to see her completely bandaged from her head to her knees.
"To see her laid up in the condition she's in, is really hard to take in. We tell her we love her and we're here for her," said Richard Brown.
The family said they had no idea Hanney would turn violent. They knew their daughter was planning to divorce him, but thought he was handling it.
Lisa Brown said she got a text message from Chris, just a few hours before the fire was set.
The message read, " Im sorry 4 all ive done. Now i am the monster she made me out 2 b. I love u all, GOD BLESS. It's time i met my fate. Good bye."
Brown said she got another message shortly after.
The message said, "Sorry 4 all. UR daughter just cudnot stop the pain. She did this and now she will neva 4get me. Bye"
Brown thought it was a suicide note. But then a deputy arrived at her front door. Now Brown believes Hanney was planning the attack.
"In one message he said, he was going to make sure she never forgot him. And disfiguring her, like this I think is what he meant. I think it was totally premediated," Brown said.
Lisa and Audrey's father, Robert sit by her beside, talking to her. They said she has responded.
"Wiggled her toes. Sometimes she kind of heaves out of the bed, like she's trying to talk back to you," she described.
They said doctors are being optimistic with Audrey's prognosis. They said she is doing better than they expected. But adding to their pain, the Browns have not been allowed to see their grandchildren.
They said they need legal help to work through Child Protective Services.
"The boys belong with us, not a stranger."
For now, they are trying to stay focused on Audrey and her recovery.
"We tell her we're going to do everything we can to help her recover."