Cops: Woman poured boiling water over elderly neighbor
FROM SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRES
Lynn Baggett was charged with aggravated battery to a senior citizen and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.
A woman accused of pouring boiling liquid over the head of her 74-year-old disabled neighbor after offering to make her dinner was ordered held on $50,000 bond on Monday.
Lynn Baggett, 51, allegedly heated a five-gallon pot containing water and an unknown substance on a stove after offering to fix dinner for the victim, who was lying on a couch in her apartment on the 1500 block of North Clybourn Avenue on Saturday, according to a police report.
When the water came to a boil, Baggett took the pot off the stove, walked over to the victim and poured the boiling liquid over her head, according to the report.
The victim suffered burns to the face, forehead, scalp, neck, back and shoulders, according to the report. She was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition at about 7:30 p.m., according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado.
Prosecutors said the woman suffered second-degree burns.
Baggett was gone by the time police arrived, but was arrested at 10:20 a.m. Sunday at her apartment, police said. She was charged with aggravated battery to a senior citizen and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.
Court records indicated Baggett and the victim were friends and lived in the same Chicago Housing Authority building. Prosecutors did not explain a motive but noted the victim was in a wheelchair at the time of the attack.
On Monday, Judge Adam Bourgeois set bond at $50,000 and set a preliminary hearing for March 28 in North Felony Court (Br. 42), according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.
Belmont Area detectives are investigating.