CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman has been charged with pouring boiling liquid over her 74-year-old neighbor’s head, after offering to make the older woman dinner over the weekend.
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 at her apartment in the Flannery Senior Apartments, 1531 N. Clybourn Ave., according to a police report.
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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. At 7:33 p.m. she was taken by ambulance in serious condition to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado.
Baggett was gone by the time police arrived, but was arrested at 10:20 a.m. Sunday at her apartment at the same Clybourn Avenue address, 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 9 a.m. March 28 in North Felony Court (Br. 42), according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.
The Flannery Senior Apartments are a Chicago Housing Authority development, located close to the old Cabrini-Green area.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.