The mother of a 36-year-old Philadelphia woman who was hospitalized in a violent attack last week has spoken out about her daughter’s ordeal.
Lea-Ann Morales said her daughter’s face will forever be different, and in an interview with CBS3 on Thursday she appealed to the suspect in the attack to come forward.
“She will live, but she will be permanently damaged,” Ms Morales said of her daughter, who was found with severe burns on her body last Thursday.
The police are treating the case as aggravated assault, and as WPVI-TV reported, the women who were seen arguing with Alyssa are suspected as the person responsible.
“She will have to have a new face,” said her mother, Ms. Morales. “I’m saying that, she wouldn’t have the face she was born with, and they said that’s the hard part when she can look in the mirror and see a different face looking at her again.”
Police say Alyssa was attacked in Harrogate Park in the Kensington area of the city during an altercation with a woman who was seen by a witness spraying some type of liquid on Alyssa at the time.
A man who was accompanying Alyssa at the time escaped and was also attacked, it was reported.
“She sees the female who was with them spraying some kind of liquid toward the male and the female, and then they set that liquid on fire,” Philadelphia Police Chief Frank Fanor, a witness to WPVI, told WPVI.
Alyssa’s mother appealed to the accused to come forward and said, “I just want to know who did this.”
“I am sad, I am broken, I am angry. So angry,” Morales said. “Doesn’t everyone want to know who did this? Who can do it? Do you want them to do it again? They go home and laugh, “Oh, you got away with this?”
Alyssa, who has been homeless and has faced drug addiction for many years, is expected to remain in hospital recovery for the rest of the summer after suffering severe burns over 50 percent of her body.
“It is unknown what medical needs Alyssa will have in the future,” the fundraiser says. “No matter what people may think of those who fight addiction, no human should put up with what Alyssa is carrying.”