Sunday, September 2, 2012
Woman wakes up from coma with 70% of her body covered in burns after being doused with 'acid'
Tanya St-Arnauld, 29, was placed in a medically-induced coma in a Montreal hospital on Sunday after her 27-year-old boyfriend Nikolas Stefanatos allegedly threw a corrosive acid-like substance on her.
The attack took place early Sunday morning, and police were called to the woman's apartment around 5am.
He then apparently left to go to a neighbor's apartment, and when he returned he allegedly doused her with the chemical substance while they were standing outside.
According to the CBC, Stefanatos allegedly threw an undisclosed household product at his girlfriend and fleed the scene.
'We know that the product is very dangerous for the skin if it's not diluted,' police spokesman Martin Simard told the station.
Her brother Maxime Gosselin hopes that the perpetrator is punished severely.
'(It was) thrown on her face, chest, everywhere,' he said.
'She was screaming. She hid in the bathroom. As she her skin it melted, it literally fell off. She was suffering.'
In keeping with the condiment-throwing theme, Mr Gosselin mentioned an altercation earlier this month when Stefanatos allegedly threw orange juice on St-Arnauld and left her stranded in a parking lot.
Stefanatos has been charged with aggravated assault, and the case is being considered one of conjugal violence, which is a Canadian legal term similar to that of domestic violence.