ALBANY, Ga. (TCD) — Police arrested a man last week who allegedly set his wife on fire and neglected to seek help for her for days.
According to a news release from the Albany Police Department, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, EMS responded to 67-year-old Amanda Jenkins’ home in the 400 block of Bobbitt Drive and found Jenkins unresponsive with 25% burns to her lower body. They transported her to the Phoebe Putney Hospital for treatment.
Officers went to Jenkins’ home and brought her husband, 64-year-old Henry Hardwick, to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning. Police learned during the interview that on Oct. 22, Hardwick allegedly rubbed alcohol on his wife because she was “in a lot of pain from her condition of multiple sclerosis.” Then, he allegedly lit a cigarette near her, which caused her to catch fire.
Hardwick told police he “panicked and was scared to call for help.”
According to the statement, Hardwick didn’t seek help for his wife until two days later. Jenkins’ daughter reportedly responded to the home and found her mother in critical condition. Jenkins was transferred to Augusta Burn Unit for additional treatment.
Hardwick faces a charge of aggravated assault and was booked into the Dougherty County Jail. The Albany Police Department said Hardwick could face additional charges.
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