A wheelchair-bound Brooklyn man is in custody after he tossed acid in his daughter's face, acid so corrosive, it peeled the skin from her face, that's according to police and eyewitnesses.
Authorities arrested Jerome Lynch, 69, Saturday afternoon and charged him with felony assault in connection with the attack on Darlene Lynch, 49, who he claims was abusing him.
The attack happened around 1:40 p.m., that's when the victim bolted from her Schenck Avenue Apartment in the Boulevard Houses in East New York -- screaming for help, her skin and clothes smoking. She was virtually naked in the middle of the street, according to published reports.
Eyewitness Clarissa Shakespeare told the New York Daily News: "Everyone was just traumatized and scared. 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."
According to sources close to the investigation, Lynch doused his daughter with the drain cleaner, El Diablo, which is 98% sulfuric acid.
Emergency Medical Technicians arrived on the scene and began treating Ms. Lynch. They rushed her to New York Presbyterian Hospital; she's in the burn unit and expected to survive.
Meanwhile, cops turned their attention to Jerome Lynch. They cuffed him to his wheelchair, loaded him into a police van and carted him off to a nearby police precinct. Police say he confessed to what he did in a note. Jerome had a stroke a couple of years ago, making it hard to communicate. That's when he reportedly accused his daughter of being abusive.
However, family members are casting doubt on Lynch's claim, saying he has been delusional in recent years.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times