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Augusta Woman Throws Boiling Water at Husband


A suicidal Augusta woman boiled water and then threw it at her husband this week, sending him to Doctor’s Hospital Burn Unit with serious injuries to his left leg, authorities said.

Sandra Boutte, 50, of Horseshoe Road, has been charged with aggravated battery against her husband, John Boutte.

The couple had been arguing for several hours Sunday when the woman suddenly went to the stove and put on a pot of boiling water, according to a sheriff’s report. She threatened to kill her husband and then herself.

Mrs. Boutte blocked her son and another witness from turning off the stove. The woman’s husband approached his wife to calm her down, but she took the pot of water and threw it toward his head and torso, the report says.

Mr. Boutte deflected the pot, but the hot water struck his left leg, causing significant burns that made his skin start to drop off by the time help arrived.

Mrs. Boutte fled out the back door before deputies arrived, and she was captured Tuesday and jailed under no bond.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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