A woman has suffered horrific injuries that will leave her permanently disfigured after she was set on fire.
Alyssa Morales, also known as Bre, was at a park in Kensington, Philadelphia about 12.30am Friday when she reportedly was arguing with a man and another woman, before being covered in a flammable liquid and set alight, 6ABC News reports.
Police said the 36-year-old suffered severe burns to more than 60 per cent of her body and was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where she is currently in a critical condition in a medically induced coma.
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Her devastated mum Lee Ann Morales said her daughter is expected to be in hospital for at least three months.
“I feel broken. It’s just like I don’t know where to go, I don’t know how to get up,” she told 6ABC.
“She’ll never have the face she was born with. Never.
“I’d just like to hug you, I’d like to touch you and I can’t.”
Lee Ann said her daughter had been battling a heroin addiction for about 12 years.
“I am angry. So angry that anyone would do something so horrific to another human being,” she wrote in an emotional Facebook post.
“Angry and worried that no one will work hard to find the people who did this to her because of how she lived.
“She is a person, a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a mother, a college graduate, a friend, a girlfriend in addition to being an addict and I am angry because there was no reason in the universe that she deserved this.
“All this with all this anger so deep inside me I feel I need to explode as soon as I can stop crying.”
Brother Kylil Morales called for justice for his sister.
“Tragedy is nothing new for my family, unfortunately. But this is something I refuse to stand for,” he told metro philadelphia.
A witness told police they saw Morales arguing with a man and another woman on Friday.
“She sees the female that’s with them spray some kind of liquid towards the male and the female, and that liquid then is lit on fire,” Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Frank Vanore said.
Witness Noraida Nunez told Fox29 Philadelphia that she saw a spark and then “all of a sudden it just went ‘whoosh’ like somebody threw fluid” before she ran to help.
“She was shaking and screaming,” she said.
Vanore said the man on fire ran from the scene and police are yet to identify him. Firefighters discovered Morales with severe burns.
“When the fire department comes, they’re not even aware that a person is being burned,” Vanore said.
“They thought it was a trash fire.”
Philadelphia police are working to determine whether Morales was intentionally set alight.
No arrests have been made at this stage.