Laplace woman dies after vicious hot oil attack

Laplace woman dies after vicious hot oil attack
Stacey Williams Sylvester (SJBPSO)

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A LaPlace woman jailed in a hot oil attack on another woman has been re-booked after the victim died of her injuries, according to St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre.

Stacey Williams Sylvester, 56, was originally booked Feb. 26 with aggravated second-degree battery. Her charges were upgraded March 8 to second-degree murder.

On Feb. 26 at about 6:45 a.m., officers responded to the 1700 block of Creole Street, where they found 50-year-old Alena Populis sitting on the floor near the front door with severe burns on her face, shoulder and legs.

She told officers that Sylvester, who was a friend, came to her home and attacked her with a pot of boiling cooking oil after arguing with her the night before.

Officers found Sylvester walking to her home on Delta Road. Investigators said she confessed to the attack.

The victim was taken to a Baton Rouge burn unit, where she died of her injuries on March 5.

Sylvester is now jailed on a $485,000 bond.

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