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Woman’s Face Burned; Car Found Torched At School

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Police were dispatched to the Roy Schneider Hospital and Medical Center about 2:40 a.m. Sunday August 16 in response to a report that a woman had suffered second-degree burns to her face, chest and arms, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

The Criminal Investigation Bureau was not able to speak to the woman at the hospital because she was sedated, the VIPD said. The woman’s boyfriend told police when his girlfriend came home about 2 a.m. she smelled heavily of smoke, according to police.
The man said when he look closely at his girlfriend’s face, he noticed that it had been burned, police said. He then gathered their two children and brought the woman to the hospital.

The man told police that he had no idea how his girlfriend was burned. While he was at the hospital, he was told by police that his girlfriend’s vehicle had been discovered completely burned in the parking lot of the Evelyn Marcelli Elementary School.

The woman was eventually airlifted to the mainland United States for treatment, police said.

The incident is currently under investigation by the VIPD’S Criminal Investigation Unit and the fire investigator of the Virgin Islands Fire Service.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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