A Noblesville woman who recently moved to Florida is recovering from severe burns after her husband doused her with gasoline and set her on fire, police said.
Joshua Kimbrough, 32, poured the flammable liquid on Megan Kimbrough, 26, as she sat in a recliner in the couple's home Aug. 3 and then blocked her from leaving, police said.
When the mother of two was able to run outside screaming, neighbors said they helped the woman roll in wet grass to put out the flames.
"She started hollering, and I look up and she was completely in flames and running toward us," said neighbor Michael Barnes.
Megan Kimbrough remained conscious long enough to tell officers that her husband had set her on fire, police said.
She is being treated in the burn unit at Tampa General Hospital. She suffered burns over 80 percent of her body, doctors said.
"She's still in critical condition," her dad, Ted Lawhorn, told RTV6's Stacia Matthews. "She's burnt everywhere except for her kneecaps down and her hairline up."
Joshua Kimbrough has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, arson and false imprisonment.
When prosecutors told the judge that his wife was not expected to live, Joshua Kimbrough shrugged his shoulders and told the judge, "I am done with this [expletive] show."
Joshua Kimbrough is also charged with two counts of attempted kidnapping, armed carjacking with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with crimes committed immediately after his lit his wife on fire, police said.
Megan Kimbrough recently moved to Florida to be with her husband after the two had previously separated, family members said.
Lawhorn said the couple has a history of abuse.
"He's my son-in-law on paper, but anyone who hits my daughter is trash," he said. "My first instinct is to hate, but that's a waste of energy. I have to focus on my daughter right now."
Family members said Megan Kimbrough is responding to their voices by blinking her eyes and shaking her head.
On Tuesday, after undergoing her first skin harvest, she moved her arm and nodded to family members that she wanted to watch TV.
"It's encouraging," said her aunt, Charla Seaman. "She still has a long road to go. You don't want to put your chickens before they hatch, but it makes you smile that each day she's doing a little better. "
Lawhorn urged other families to take actions to stop abusive relationships.
"If you have a loved one in a domestic situation, put your nose it in, dig in deeper, because you don't want to get that phone call," he said.
Her family has also created a Facebook page
to update her condition.
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