Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Boyfriend severely burns girlfriend

A man who allegedly set his ex-girlfriend on fire and left her with burns so severe that she couldn't speak for two months and needed a tracheotomy has been charged with heinous battery and ordered on $3 million dollars bail. The ex-girlfriend could not speak until last week, then told police her ex-boyfriend set her ablaze. Cook County prosecutors charged Damenique Traylor, 19 yesterday.

Traylor, 21, of the 800 block of West 71st Street had said the woman suffered the injuries in a barbecue accident, prosecutors and police said.Prosecutors said Traylor and the 18-year-old woman were living together in his Englewood home when the two quarreled in the early morning hours of Jan. 15. As the fight escalated, she threatened to leave Traylor when he "threw lighter fluid on [the] victim and lit a match and lit [the] victim on fire," according to court documents. Traylor then placed the woman in a tub of water to extinguish the flames before driving her to St. Bernard Hospital, where he told officials of the barbecue accident, authorities said.

After an "alert" was issued, meaning Traylor was wanted for questioning, he turned himself into police. He has two previous arrests for domestic battery and battery.

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