Mother kills husband with boiling water after learning he sexually abused her children


A mother in England has been sentenced to life in prison for killing her husband with boiling water after hearing he sexually abused her two children.

Prosecutors say Baines suffered serious burns to over one-third of his body. He died in the hospital a month later.

The mixture of the sugar and boiling water “made the liquid more viscous, thicker and stickier, so that it stays on the skin and causes greater damage and that is exactly what it did,” prosecutors said.

Smith was described as “livid” and “fuming” after hearing from her daughter that Baines sexually abused the children when they were younger.

The daughter said Baines had sexually abused her and her brother “for many years when they were children.”

The brother, Craig, told his mother he was attacked by a “pedophile” who had “touched him sexually”, the report says. He committed suicide in 2007 and was in prison for assault.

Smith was sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 12 years before being considered for parole.

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