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Police: Joliet woman tossed boiling water on her mother

Past boyfriend said she set a bag of garbage on fire

Tessia O. Petrusich, 29, Joliet
Tessia O. Petrusich, 29, Joliet

A Joliet woman was arrested for allegedly throwing boiling water on her mother during an argument, police said.

About 8 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to the first block of Salem Drive in Joliet after receiving a report of a domestic situation allegedly involving Tessia O. Petrusich, 29, Joliet police Sgt. Darrell Gavin said.

A witness alleged Petrusich threw boiling water on her mother, who was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center for burn treatments.

Officers spoke with Petrusich’s mother at the hospital. She alleged the two were in an argument when Petrusich took boiling water off the stove and threw it at her, causing a large burn mark to appear across her chest area.

Petrusich was arrested and taken to the Will County jail, where she is being held on $25,000 bond.

In 2016, Petrusich pleaded guilty to scratching her mother about the body. She was given two years of court supervision and ordered to receive mental health treatment.

A Will County judge revoked her court supervision after she failed to appear for treatment.

Petrusich’s boyfriend at the time filed a protective order against her that claimed she set a bag of garbage on fire, and he couldn’t sleep “for fear of what she might do to me.”

He alleged she threatened to accuse him of raping her if he reported her to police again.

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