Brooklyn, NY – A 69-year-old man has been arrested after he poured acid on his daughter’s face.
On Saturday afternoon, Jerome Lynch’s 49-year-old daughter, Darlene Lynch, had stopped by to visit him at his apartment. As she sat on a couch in her father’s living room, Jerome splashed her in the face with something in a cup he was holding. At first she thought her father had poured water on her, but after her face started melting off she realized she was wrong.
Police say what Jerome had poured on his daughter was actually a cup full of the drain cleaner El Diablo, which contains 98 percent sulfuric acid. Darlene ran out of the apartment screaming when the burning started, witnesses saying her clothing was disintegrating and her skin was falling off her face.
“Her skin looked like melting wax. And then her whole eye lid was melted. The whole left side from her face all the way down to her feet,” said her neighbor, Clarisse Shakespeare.
Neighbors ran to help Darlene, pouring water on her and removing her clothing. She was rushed to the hospital suffering from burns to over 50% of her body. It was feared she would lose her left eye, but a cousin says she is now able to see out of it.
Lynch was arrested and charged with felony assault. Lynch suffered a stroke several years ago that left him with slurred speech and the need for a cane or walker. Police say Lynch left a note admitting to pouring drain cleaner in his daughter’s face, claiming she had been abusing him. Family members say that Jerome has become delusional over the last several years.Tags: acid, Assault, Crime, Darlene Lynch, Jerome Lynch, New York