Domestic violence is a serious issue that should always receive the attention it deserves. Victims of domestic violence sometimes find themselves having to explain why they need to be protected from their attacker. A woman who was allegedly burned in an attack initiated by her estranged husband has turned to the court to get protection from him.
The incident occurred when the woman was at the man’s house exchanging children. She was in her vehicle with their 14-year-old daughter when the man supposedly reached through the window of the vehicle, poured gasoline on her and struck a match to light it.
A nearby security camera caught the incident on tape. Reports state that it shows the man blocking the woman from being able to exit the vehicle. It was also noted that the teenage daughter was also burned. She has to live with the horrible memory of seeing her mother running down the street covered in flames from the attack.
The woman asserts that she needs protection from the man and that her children need to be free of the emotional turmoil he brings to them. Allegedly, he was abusive to the woman for the majority of the marriage, but she noted that she was trusting God to chance the situation. Now, she is turning the courts for help.
The man is being held on a $500,000 bail for multiple counts of attempted murder and other charges. There is a chance that some of the charges will be dropped because the teenage daughter didn’t suffer serious bodily injury. The judge noted that it will be up to a jury to determine whether the charges stick or not.
Family violence is horrible for a family. Anyone who is on either side of the situation should learn their rights to determine how they are going to handle it.
Source: The Gazette, “Colorado Springs woman allegedly burned by estranged husband pleads with court to be protected from him,” Lance Benzel, Feb. 06, 2017