A New York City woman who clung to life in a hospital for three months after being battered with a hammer and burned on 90 percent of her body has died.
Alicia Avery, 32, was in boyfriend Larry McGloster’s Upper West Side apartment on June 12 when police say he attacked her with a hammer then set her on fire with turpentine, as previously reported by Oxygen.com.
Avery was rushed to Harlem Hospital in critical condition. She remained there until last Thursday, when she died, according to the New York Daily News. Avery’s death has been ruled a homicide, the Daily News reported.
McGloster, 26, surrendered to police in Westchester County a day after the attack. He remains held without bail at the Manhattan Detention Center, charged with attempted murder, arson and assault, police said in a news release.
McGloster’s next court appearance is Oct. 11, at which he will likely face additional charges, including homicide.
Avery, 32, suffered burns covering 90 percent of her body, skull fractures, missing teeth as well as several “bleeding gashes to her head, according to the criminal complaint filed against McGloster and obtained by Oxygen.com.
After being set on fire, Avery ran up and down the hallway outside of the apartment, banging on doors and screaming for help. Only one person opened their door, Bonnie Chapman, according to reports.
"She just kept saying, 'Help, please, somebody help me, help me.’ That's all she kept saying,” Chapman told PIX11 News, a local television station.
"I had to look out of my door and then I see her on fire," Chapman said. "I mean, she was on fire."
Then Avery fell to the ground and curled up “in a fetal position," Chapman said, so Chapman grabbed a blanket, put the fire out and called 911.
In the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital, the paramedic treating Avery asked her if she had done it to herself, but she “shook her head ‘no,'" according to the criminal complaint against McGloster.
The paramedic then asked Avery who did this. "She identified the defendant by name,” the criminal complaint says.