PITTSBURGH, PA – Police have arrested 27-year-old Clinton Cohen after they say he poured perfume on the mother of his child, then set her on fire.
Early Thursday morning, police responded to a domestic disturbance and found 22-year-old Maria Redman suffering from multiple injuries after getting into an altercation with her boyfriend, Clinton Cohen.
During the argument, Cohen allegedly punched and choked Redman before pulling perfume out of her purse, dousing her with it, then using a cigarette lighter to set her on fire. Before he fled the apartment, Cohen used a blanket to try put out Redman as she rolled around on the floor.
Redman was transported to the hospital in critical but stable condition, suffering burns to over 30 percent of her body . “She has a long battle ahead of her,” Lt. Jeff Korczyk said. The couple’s 3-month-old baby, who was in the apartment at the time of the attack, was unharmed.
“While this whole thing was going on, she was in the room,” Korczyk said. “In fact, the child had some blood on her from her mother.”
Clinton was arrested on Saturday and has been charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. I know this may come as a shock, but police have confirmed Cohen has a history of assaults. They did not confirm if any of the previous incidents were related to Redman.
On Sunday, Redman made the following post on Facebook: “Thank you all for the prayers and wishes!! I’m in real bad pain but ill get thru it!!!! i have the best of parents and family and amazing friends!!!”