A Florida man is accused of dousing his pregnant girlfriend in lighter fluid before lighting a blanket on fire and tossing it on her during an alleged 11-day attack involving a sledgehammer, according to reports.
Kenneth Swanger has been charged with attempted murder and false imprisonment for violence that spawned the multi-day attack, which occurred between September 4th and 15th, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. Police say that after Swanger threw the fiery blanket on his girlfriend, who is 20 weeks pregnant, she was burned in multiple places on her body.
“During a separate incident later on during that time span, Swanger took a sledgehammer and hit the victim in the head multiple times causing a brain bleed, swelling, and a fracture to her skull,” police said. “He then kept her against her will, keeping her from seeking medical attention.”
The victim was eventually able to escape the home on Saturday, and she fled to family who brought her to Mississippi. Two days later, she sought medical attention. A hospital in Mobile, Alabama, contacted the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday and Swanger was arrested 12 hours later.
The victim had burns on over 15 percent of her body, as well as bruising and lacerations, according to the Pensacola News Journal. The victim yelled loudly after Swanger lit her on fire, which police say was the only reason he put her in a bath to extinguish the fire.
Swanger is being held on a $1 million bail. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
[Photo: Escambia County Sheriff’s Office]