A HORROR video shared on social media claims to show a woman’s clothes on fire after she was allegedly set on fire in an attack at a park last week.
Police on Friday launched an investigation into the videos and the alleged attack on Alyssa Morales, 36, which left her with burns covering 60 percent of her body.
Morales was found ablaze at around 12:30 a.m. Friday in Harrowgate Park in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia.
She is currently in critical condition in a medically induced coma at Temple University Hospital.
Alyssa “suffered second and third degree burns,” according to her GoFundMe page.
Alyssa’s mother, Lee Ann Morales, told ABC6 Action News that she will remain in the hospital for at least three months.
The 36-year-old will also need rehab to learn basic functions again.
Alyssa’s mother found out about the incident via social media.
“I saw the first three seconds when I knew it was her and I couldn’t watch anymore,” she told CBS3.
“I feel broken. It’s like I don’t know where to go, I don’t know how to get up,” Lee Ann told ABC6. “She will never have the face she was born with. Never.”
“They said that’s the hard part, when she can look in the mirror and see another face looking at her,” Lee Ann told CBS3.
A witness told police he saw Morales in an argument with a man and another woman before the incident.
“She sees the female that’s with them spray some kind of liquid on the male and the female, and that liquid is then set on fire,” said Chief Inspector Frank Vanore of the Philadelphia Police Department.
Noraida Nunez, a witness, told FOX29, “I saw the little one — it was like a little spark — and then all of a sudden it went ‘Woosh!’.”
Nunez then ran to Alyssa and found her “trembling and screaming.”
Firefighters were called to the park, where they had a hard time identifying Alyssa with all the burns.
“She was in too much pain to identify herself when she arrived at the hospital and was listed as Jane Doe for two days before her family could see her,” reads Alyssa’s GoFundMe page.
Chief Vanore said the man on fire fled the scene. Authorities are hoping to get some leads from people in the area.
The Philadelphia Police Department told The Sun the incident is still under investigation and there are no new updates at this time.
Alyssa had battled heroin addiction for about 12 years, her mother told ABC6.
“She never hurt anyone but herself. She’s just an addict, misguided. She went to college and just fell down this hole and can’t climb out,” Lee Ann told CBS3.
“Yesterday was the day we were supposed to meet and it would have been the first time I’ve seen her physically in about four years,” Lee Ann told ABC6.
Lee Ann is currently taking care of Alyssa’s 7 year old daughter.
“Unfortunately, tragedy is nothing new to my family,” Kylil Morales, Alyssa’s 29-year-old brother, who lives in Florida, told Metro Philadelphia.
“But that’s something I refuse to stand for. And if I have to come to Philly, I won’t stop until I’m the one who got arrested.”
Police still don’t know if Alyssa was intentionally set on fire and no arrests have been made at this time.
If police find out the act was premeditated, those responsible can be charged with arson, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment, among other things.
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