Cops: Woman poured boiling water on dinner guest
By Jason Meisner Tribune reporter2:54 p.m. CDT, March 21, 2011
A Near North Side woman who had offered to make dinner for an elderly neighbor instead poured a pot of boiling water over the woman’s head, leaving her with severe burns, prosecutors alleged Monday.
Lynn Baggett, 51, is charged with aggravated battery to a senior citizen and was ordered held on $50,000 bond by Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr.
Prosecutors said Baggett and the 74-year-old woman lived down the hall from each other at the Flannery Apartments, a Chicago Housing Authority complex for senior and disabled citizens in the 1500 block of North Clybourn Avenue.
Baggett had offered to make dinner Saturday night for the victim, who had broken her feet in a recent car crash and was using a wheelchair. Baggett boiled water in a five-gallon pot, removed it from the stove and poured it over the victim’s head, Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said in court.
The woman was able to wheel herself to the lobby and have someone call 911. Paramedics took her to Stroger Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition.
No motive for the attack was alleged in court, but police reports state Baggett, who was arrested Sunday, has been taking medication for bipolar disorder and depression.