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2 sought after chemical attack on L.A. County family services worker

Police are searching for two people they say fled after throwing a caustic chemical on a Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services worker, burning her arms.

The attack occurred about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the county agency at 10355 Slusher Drive in Santa Fe Springs, according to Lt. Bryan Ellis of the Whittier Police Department.

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Police said the attack occurred "without provocation." The victim, a woman who works at the department, ran into a restroom in the building to wash herself, Ellis said.

She suffered first- and second-degree burns on both arms and one hand and is hospitalized in stable condition, said Brent Hayward, division chief of the Santa Fe Springs Department of Fire-Rescue.

The suspects, described as a man and a woman with her hair in a ponytail, left in a blue or gray sedan.

Detectives are investigating the incident and examining video from nearby security cameras, Ellis said. Anyone with information on the attack is asked to call the Whittier Police Department at (562) 567-9270.

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