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Woman Charged With Assault After Burning Boyfriend With Hot Grease

Police say Jessica Shymera Smith cut the victim with a switchblade, hit him with a clothes iron and then threw hot grease on his back, inflicting first-degree burns.

A Richfield woman has been charged with assaulting a man by heating grease in a frying pan and throwing it on him, inflicting first-degree burns.

Jessica Shymera Smith, 22, is charged with two felonies: second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine, and making terroristic threats, which has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, Richfield police were called to a report of domestic assault in the 3600 block of Lyndale Avenue South on Oct. 7.

The victim reportedly said Smith, his girlfriend, initially pulled a knife on him and cut him on the wrist. He also said Smith also swung a clothes iron at him and hit him with it.

The victim said that while he was attempting to leave the apartment, Smith heated up grease in a pan, grabbed the pan and chased him out of the building, flinging the grease at his back.

According to the complaint, Smith admitted to pulling a switchblade from her purse and pointing it at the victim. She also admitted to heating the grease and throwing it at him.

The victim was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center for a cut on his wrist and first-degree burns on his back, according to the complaint.

Smith has been released from custody on a $50,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in her case is scheduled Nov. 13 in Hennepin County District Court.

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Fabuladico October 13, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Hmmm pretty unusual. Usually in cases like this it's the man who's charged, even if it was the woman inflicting injury. All kidding aside, when it comes to domestic battering, statistically speaking, women are more than ten times more likely to use a weapon than a man, generally inflicting more serious wounds (like stabs, skull fractures, gunshot wounds, burns and so on). And in the police psyche, it's usually the man who is the aggressor whether he is or not.

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