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Hawkins deputy finds no evidence for woman's claim she was set on fire

April 18th, 2014 8:41 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins deputy finds no evidence for woman's claim she was set on fire

ROGERSVILLE  —  A Rogersville woman told the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Tuesday that her husband beat her with a bat and sprayed her with lighter fluid and set her on fire.

HCSO Scott Alley, who responded to the domestic disturbance on Hickory Cove Road, stated in his report that he could find no evidence of assault.

No charges were filed when the husband agreed to leave the residence.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday Alley responded to a domestic disturbance between a husband and wife at their Hickory Cove Road residence. The wife stated a verbal argument had escalated into violence.

"(The wife) stated that during the altercation (the husband) sprayed the jacket she was wearing with lighter fluid and lit it on fire," Alley stated in his report. "(The wife) advised that she was able to put the fire out, at which time (the husband) pushed her down, causing her to hit her head on the front door. (The wife) advised that (the husband) then started hitting her legs with a baseball bat."

The wife showed Alley two burn spots on the jacket, but Alley stated in his report that they were old and looked like they'd been caused by a cigarette.

Alley also observed that the wife didn't have any visible injuries.

The husband stated his wife was gone most of the day, and when she got home they had a verbal altercation, but there was no assault.

"No injuries or evidence could be found to confirm (the wife's) account of the incident," Alley said. "(The husband) did agree to leave the residence." 

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