Earlier today we shared a domestic violence story about a man beating his girlfriend with a bat this week. Something must be in the the Georgia water line system lately because another man committed a different, yet just as severe act of domestic violence as well on the very same day. Way to ring in Black History Month right?
According to Kansas City TV News, Robert Williams, 35 of Columbus, Georgia poured lighter fluid on his girlfriend Valleri Smith, while they were in bed together and then allegedly set her on fire. However, in USA Today, at first Williams told authorities something different.
As reported by USA Today:
Williams told police he was trying to light a cigarette in bed when it combusted and set him and his girlfriend on fire. The victim’s daughter told a judge the man poured lighter fluid on the woman, and police say they found an empty lighter fluid container in a bathroom trashcan.
KCTV News reported that the incident was fueled from an argument and that the “victim was caught in this fire long enough to receive second and third-degree burns on her hands and face”. In fact, her injuries were so severe that she had to leave Columbus to be transferred to Atlanta for treatment. According to KCTV, Smith was released from surgery on Wednesday and is now recuperating at a burn center in Augusta.
Williams is currently in jail charged with aggravated assault and battery with a $100,000 bond.
As we’ve stated earlier, if you are involved in a violent or bad relationship and would like the tools to get out, purchase Dr. O’s new book “Am I in a Bad Relationship?” or contact your local authorities for assistance.
A relationship shouldn’t be a constant struggle and it certainly shouldn’t involve violence between either parties. Get yourself out before you become another countless victim too.