MONROE, N.C. -- A Union County woman thought she had a restraining order against her ex-husband who nearly beat her to death and threatened her from prison that he would come back and finish the job.
"There are things in place to keep me safe had this office done its job," said Heather Thompson.
Thompson blames a clerical error on the Clerk's Office of the Union County Court for the mix-up.
She thought she had a restraining order against her ex-husband Thomas Price who served over 14 years behind bars for beating and strangling her back in 1994.
While he was still behind bars, Price wrote her a letter telling Thompson he would come back when he got out of prison and kill her .
Thompson says Price tried this week to contact her two daughters via Face Book and she immediately called police to report that Thompson had violated the restraining order.
"The officer got to the house and he said, 'I've looked in the computer and there is not a valid order in place right now,'" she said she was told.
Thompson had gone to the Union County courthouse on May 30 to ask that the restraining order be renewed.
She says she was told by a worker in the Clerk's office she would have to attend a hearing tomorrow before a judge and in the meantime, the order that was going to expire would still protect her.
"I said 'you are absolutely sure this covers me?' and she said again, 'yes.''
But that was not true and Thomas Price was now trying to contact her kid.
"I don't put anything past him," Thompson said, adding, "The quickest way to get to a mother is through her kids."
Thompson went back to court and got an emergency restraining order that will be in place until the hearing tomorrow.
The Clerk of Court told NewsChannel 36 that while the office made a mistake, Thompson should have come in earlier to renew the order.
Thompson says this is not her fault.
"The Clerk of Courts is who dropped the ball. Not me."