A wife in Melbourne is accused of setting her sleeping husband on fire this morning.
Australian police narrated that the 49-year-old husband was sleeping alone in their bedroom upstairs when the wife allegedly walked in and poured accelerant on her husband, and ignited it.
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The man screamed as a result and his noise woke up the couple’s 11-year-old son. The boy tried to help his father. It is not clear if the son made the emergency call to responders.
Emergency services were quickly dispatched to the Wattle Road residence around 6 a.m. and hosed down the man in the stairwell to put out the fire.
The man was also swiftly brought to the Alfred Hospital for treatment. He remains in critical condition now with burns to his hands, face and feet.
The son was also taken to the Austin Hospital for observation since it was assessed at the scene that he might have been affected by smoke inhalation.
The 36-year-old wife is now in police custody after being released from the Austin Hospital. She has yet to be charged as the investigation is ongoing.
Detectives also examined the scene this morning, and focused their efforts on a doona or bed sheet doused in a flammable liquid.
The motive for the wife’s shocking action has yet to be established. The authorities have also yet to release details of their initial interview with her.
The identities of the family members were not released by the police, especially since a child is involved and a delicate family matter is at play.
Friends of the family, however, reveal that the couple and their son had lived in Macleod for two years after moving from China. They said that based from their impressions, the family looked “happy.”
One of the neighbors, Frank Macra, also described the family members as “nice” and “normal people.” Macra revealed that the woman told him over one chat that she has cancer and is undergoing therapy.
It is also not clear whether the family members are immigrants when they came from China or are natural Australians who came back home to Melbourne from China.