SOUTH BEND – A South Bend woman who pleaded guilty to pouring a pot of boiling water on a man has been sentenced to 5 years in prison.
41-year-old Tearsa Broadnax learned her sentence Tuesday in Judge Jane Woodward Miller’s court.
Broadnax reportedly bragged to police about the June 9, 2012 boiling water incident, saying she waited for the victim to fall asleep and then poured the scalding water over his body as a payback for his actions during a fight earlier in the night.
After being arrested, she reportedly changed her story. She said the victim had been awake, not asleep, and that she had thrown the boiling water on him in self defense.
Police reportedly found the 52-year-old victim wandering inside the home, wrapped in a blanket, shaking and crying.
The victim was unable to communicate much with officers, but he did identify Broadnax as the person who caused the injuries. He was later taken to a burn center in Fort Wayne for treatment.
Broadnax in November pleaded guilty to Aggravated Battery.
South Bend Tribune contributed to this story.