PENN HILLS, Pennsylvania — Talk about adding insult to injury.
A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with attempted homicide for setting her boyfriend on fire as he slept and then dousing the flames with a bucket of piss.
Penn Hills police said Leigh Ann Sepelyak, 38, had argued with her boyfriend, Grady Spencer III, and then poured gasoline on him as he slept and dropped a lit cigarette on him, setting his body ablaze.
She then grabbed a bucket of urine the couple used as a toilet and tossed it on him, putting the flames out.
“I can’t see how that’s an accident when it happens at 4:40 a.m. and the gas was 25 to 30 feet away from the bed. It had to be carried,” Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Sepelyak’s parents, who live upstairs from the couple, were awoken by yelling and drove Spencer to a local hospital. Officials there contacted police.
“The parents, when they heard screaming and smelled the smoke, helped put him out — I think with the same urine — and went to the hospital. They never called the police, the hospital called,” Burton said.
He said Spencer suffered serious burns to 25% to 35% of his body but was expected to survive. The house was not damaged.
Spencer later told the Tribune-Review that Sepelyak wasn’t responsible and that he had accidentally spilled gasoline on himself while trying to fix a weed-whacker while drunk and had caught fire when he lit a cigarette.
“If she didn’t use urine, it would have been a lot worse. My crotch would have been melted if she didn’t,” he said. “I can only thank her for that.”
Burton said the charges remained pending against Sepelyak and that he would let a court decide what the truth is.