A 22-year-old Illinois woman is currently being held on $500,000 bond for allegedly pouring a pot of boiling water on her boyfriend while he was asleep on the couch in their shared apartment, according to a statement from local officials.
Even more disturbingly, Alexis Sykes reportedly took the opportunity to record the entire assault, which took place on January 2, then share it on Snapchat for all to view. She also allegedly hid her boyfriend's car keys so he was not able to leave for help.
She also appeared to mock her boyfriend's agony with a taunting missive: "I kinda feel bad now because he got 2&3rd degree Burns from face to waist & they rushin him to burn center but oh well (shrugging shoulder emoji) B**CH (emoji blowing kiss) n still cried & beg me to drive him to hospital,” Sykes reportedly captioned her Snapchat.
The unnamed victim related to officials that he watched the scalded skin fall off his arms as he hunted for his keys. He reportedly was finally able to find them, and drove himself to a local hospital. He was transported to a medical burn unit, where he spent nearly two weeks undergoing skin graft surgery to treat the burns.
Police were unable to determine a motive for the attack. A warrant for Sykes' arrest was issued on January 8, and she was apprehended in Mississippi on the 19th, apparently having fled the state. She's currently facing two counts of aggravated battery by caustic substance, and two counts of aggravated domestic battery, which both fall into the felony class.
“The charges against Ms. Sykes are very disturbing,” said DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin. “Dousing a sleeping man with boiling water causing serious, painful injury, as alleged in this case, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Sykes is due in court on March 22.