UNION — A Union man is in the Augusta Burn Center with second-degree burns and his wife is in jail for allegedly pouring gasoline on him and setting him on fire Saturday morning.
Lashawn Stevens Hardy, 44, 924 Tinker Creek Road, Union, is charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with attempted murder.
The incident reports states that shortly after 5:30 a.m. Saturday a deputy was dispatched to Union Medical Center in reference to an incident that occurred on Tinker Creek Road earlier that morning. When the deputy arrived, he located the victim who was undergoing treatment for burns to his neck and back. The report states the deputy heard the emergency room doctor state that the victim had suffered second-degree burns.
While at the medical center, the deputy took photos of the victim’s injuries and also got his shirts, all of which were entered as evidence for further investigation. The deputy then questioned the victim who said he was in bed and his wife, Lashawn Stevens Hardy, poured gasoline on him and set him on fire. He said this also caused the bed clothing and mattress to burn.
The report states the victim was subsequently transported by helicopter to the Augusta Burn Center to receive further treatment for his injuries.
Along with a second deputy, the deputy dispatched to the medical center went to the Hardy residence on Tinker Creek Road. When they arrived, the report states that front door of the residence was open and deputies saw there was a man asleep on the couch in the living room. The deputies knocked on the door and the man finally responded.
The report states that one of the deputies had to partly open the screen glass door to be able to speak with the man and when he did he smell smoke and gasoline odors coming from inside the residence. The man then allowed the deputies in the building and then left out the back door to look for Hardy, his sister-in-law.
While inside the residence, the report states that the deputies located the bedroom where the victim had been and found the burned mattress and bed clothing. One the deputies then photographed those items for evidence.
The report states that it was at this point Hardy returned home. One of the deputies then advised her of her Miranda Rights. After being advised of her rights, the report states Hardy admitted that she’d poured gasoline on her husband and set him on fire. The deputy then advised Hardy that she was under arrest and transported her to the Union County Jail where she remained as of Tuesday morning.
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