HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - A Houma woman accused of pouring hot grease on her ex-boyfriend and lining his bed with thumbtacks has been arrested.
Lynette Tyese Joseph, 36, turned herself in to authorities on Friday morning.
The incident happened Thursday morning at a residence in the 2600 block of St. Joseph Street.
Joseph is accused of throwing boiling grease on her sleeping ex-boyfriend. The victim suffered severe burns to his torso, right arm and face. He was transported to the burn center in Baton Rouge.
Following an investigation, detectives say they learned that Joseph also put thumbtacks around the victim's bed before pouring the boiling water.
The room in which the crime occurred 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. 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.
Joseph was arrested for aggravated 2nd degree battery. She was transported to the Terrebonne Parish Jail where she awaits bond.