NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The room inside the Houma home in the 2600 block of St. Joseph Street still looks like a crime scene. The pot sits next to the bed, along with the scattered thumbtacks that police say were purposely placed to hurt the victim even more.
"At 2:30 in the morning, me and my husband heard a loud scream," the victim's mother said.
Asleep in the next room, she said she didn't know what to expect when her son came bursting through her door.
"We turned on the light. I thought he was stabbed with a knife, but then we realized he was burnt. He said, 'Lynette done burnt me, Lynette done burnt me.' He fell to his knees, and we tried to run to get the phone to call 911," she said.
Police arrived to find the victim with severe burns and bleeding feet.
"The victim was located inside of the residence, and he got out of the bed and did receive injuries from the tacks, also," said Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis.
"His whole left side was all pink. In his chest, his neck and his forehead was all pink. I'm like, where's Lynette?" said victim's mother.
Lynette Joseph fled the home before police could arrive.
"She had gathered her clothes, plotted it," the victim's mother said. "She put the hot grease on the fire and called for a ride, because as soon as it happened, we saw no one."
The victim's family says they opened their home to Joseph a couple of months ago because she didn't have a place to stay.
"I'm not a mean person or anything, but when you come to living in my home and I give you a place to stay and you want to burn my son and knowing you living in my home - so justice needs to be done to her," she said.
The 33-year-old victim is undergoing treatment at the burn unit in Baton Rouge.
Police are still searching for Joseph.
They say she's been arrested numerous times in the past for simple battery and once for cruelty to a juvenile.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Bayou Region Crimestoppers at (800) 743-7433.