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July 31, 2013

Woman accused of pouring gas on girl to treat head lice; fluid ignites

McALESTER — A Hartshorne woman was recently accused of pouring gasoline on her daughter’s head to treat head lice — the fluid ignited and burned the girl.

Shana M. Suggs, 25, was charged July 22 in Pittsburg County District Court with one count of felony child abuse by injury. According to court records, Suggs poured gasoline on the head of her 5-year-old daughter in an effort to treat head lice. A police affidavit indicates that the gas ignited and burned both the young girl and her mother.

The 5-year-old girl had second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body, court records state. According to a police affidavit, when police investigated the scene of the incident, they found a working space heater in the bathroom near where Suggs allegedly poured the fluid on her daughter’s head. Suggs was treated for burns on her forearms, hands and foot, while the young girl was transferred to a burn hospital in Tulsa, the police affidavit states.

Suggs’s boyfriend, Dylan Webster, told police he was watching television when he heard his girlfriend scream, the affidavit states. He said he ran toward the bathroom and found both Suggs and her daughter on fire. He said he grabbed the young girl and rolled her on the ground, which didn’t extinguish the flames, so he “got a jacket off the couch and wrapped her up and the flames went out,” the affidavit states.

If convicted, Suggs is facing up to life in prison. Suggs is being held in custody at the Pittsburg County jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. She is due back in court Aug. 16 at 9 a.m.

Contact Rachel Petersen at rpetersen@mcalesternews.com.

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