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Wisconsin Woman Sets Sleeping Husband’s Head on Fire After He Tells Her He’s Moving Out, Police Say

Source: Milwaukee police; Unsplash

Aug. 8 2023, Published 12:45 p.m. ET

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A woman in Wisconsin allegedly set her sleeping husband on fire, leaving him with severe injuries in a domestic violence-related incident, police said.

Around 4 in the morning, police responded to a Milwaukee home, where they found a man suffering second- and third-degree burns.

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The victim told responding officers his wife, Tuhonsty Marie Smith, who he had been in a relationship with for over eight years, had been acting strangely for months, according to a criminal complaint, WDJT-TV reported.

The victim claimed Smith allegedly appeared to be overmedicating with her prescription drugs and she had sprayed spray paint in the basement, although he stated he wasn’t sure if she was huffing its purpose.

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The day of the fire, the victim said he got off work at about 2:30 p.m. and when he arrived home, Smith was “pacing around the house” and refused to speak with him. He then said her “weird” behavior got worse later that night after he told her he was moving out.


Investigators said after Smith’s husband went to bed, she allegedly set him on fire, causing him horrific burns, including on his chest, neck, face and ears.

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According to the criminal complaint, Smith allegedly told investigators she took prescription medication for mental health issues around 2 a.m. that night and then later poured fluid lighter over her husband’s head and lit it on fire. She denied she was trying to kill the victim.

The complaint also states she allegedly told detectives she believed her husband had poisoned some chicken wings she had eaten earlier in the day.

Smith now faces multiple charges, ranging from arson to domestic abuse.


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