A Georgia man allegedly poured boiling water on his girlfriend’s son and his boyfriend while they slept, police say.
“Get out of my house with all that gay,” is what Martin Blackwell reportedly said as he poured scalding hot water on Anthony Gooden, who was dating his mother, and Marquez Tolbert.
Sustaining second- and third-degree burns from the February attack, Tolbert and Gooden’s injuries were severe. So much so that Tolbert was in the hospital for ten days and required skin grafting from his thighs to his back while Gooden — who was burned over more than 60 percent of his body — was put into an induced coma and was only recently released, according to the New York Daily News.
“The pain doesn’t let you sleep,” Tolbert emotionally told WSBTV. “It’s excruciating, 24 hours a day. It doesn’t go anywhere, it doesn’t dial down. It’s just there.” The 21-year-old went on to describe to Project Q Atlanta how the stinging pain was so agonizing that he “could hardly think straight.”
Following the incident, Tolbert and Gooden left the apartment and went door to door until they could get help. Despite their grievous injuries, Blackwell told police, “They’ll be all right, it was just a little hot water. They was stuck together like two hot dogs, so I poured a little hot water on them and helped them out.”
The 48-year-old is being held at Fulton County Jail charged with two counts of aggravated battery. According to the Advocate, Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT liaison has yet to determine whether federal hate crime charges will be added on.
Fulton County Sheriff’s Office