Teen hospitalized after relative douses her with scalding coffee


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ST. CROIX - A 16-year-old girl is in serious but stable condition at Luis Hospital after a family member threw a cup of boiling coffee on her in an attack Saturday afternoon.

The woman, Gregoria Davis of Estate La Grange was arrested and appeared before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan on Monday morning, charged with second-degree assault and child abuse, both as acts of domestic violence.

Gallivan advised Davis that if she is tried and convicted on the charges, she could be imprisoned for up to 10 years on the assault charge and up to an additional 20 years on the child abuse charge.

According to the police report filed in the case, the girl's mother reported that earlier in the day the girl came to her and told her that the woman was throwing hot oil down the sink and that it would damage the plumbing. The mother said she did not say or do anything to the woman about the oil situation, but just before noon, the girl and the woman were sitting outside the house when the woman said she was going back into the house to heat up her coffee.

The mother said the woman went into the house and then returned to where the mother and daughter were sitting and threw some of the boiling coffee at the girl, then tried to throw the rest on her, according to the report.

She said the woman then ran from the home and the mother called police.

The girl was taken to Luis Hospital, where she was treated for first-degree and second-degree burns on her face and chest, and a plastic surgeon was called in to evaluate the extent of the injuries caused by the burns and consider repair surgery.

The woman was found near the home and also was taken to Luis Hospital, where she was treated for scratches to her face and for an existing psychological problem. Doctors there said that while she had some problems, she was not suicidal or homicidal and released her to the custody of police.

She was arrested just before 6 p.m. Saturday.

On Monday, Gallivan set Davis' bail at $15,000, but Assistant Public Defender Yoland Brow Ross told the court that Davis did not have anyone who had come forward to serve as a third-party custodian or anywhere to live if she was to be released from prison.

Ross said she will investigate the circumstances and asked that the matter of Davis' release be continued until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

She remains jailed at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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