ATHENS, Ga. --A man has been arrested after his girlfriend was doused in gasoline and set on fire.
Brenda Marie Sims, 27, was brought to the hospital Wednesday with burns to her mouth, nose and upper body, police said.
Police believe Sims and her boyfriend, Vernell Garrett, got into an argument because Sims would not give him money to buy crack cocaine. When she refused, Garrett got a can of gasoline, poured it on her and set her on fire with a cigarette lighter, police said.
Sims' shirt and bra caught on fire. She took them off, ran to a neighbor's apartment and was driven to the hospital.
Garrett, 38, was arrested in the hospital emergency room visitor's lounge after he showed up with the couple's two children. He has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and two counts of third-degree child cruelty.
"I haven't ever seen anything like it," Athens-Clarke County police Capt. Clarence Holeman said. "I have experienced people throwing hot water on people, but I hadn't actually seen someone set on fire. Obviously, Mr. Garrett has some serious problems."
Police leveled child cruelty charges against Garrett because the couple's two daughters witnessed the attack, police said.
Garrett had been arrested less than three months ago for fighting with Sims in the street. He was charged Nov. 27 with simple battery under the Family Violence Act and released on a $1,500 bond.
Sims was transferred Wednesday night to Augusta's Joseph M. Still Burn Center, where she received skin grafts Thursday, police said. Her mother took custody of the couple's daughters, police said.
what a unique way of breaking up. a simple call would have got him labeled as insensitive. this one needs a bullet to the head.