• Cops believe the suspect threw either hot grease or oil over the mother and child
  • Investigators suspect that it may have been a targeted attack
  • Intruder ran out the side door before the woman could get a good look at them

A mother and her toddler son were fast asleep in the comfort of their own home when an intruder broke into the house and poured hot liquid all on them. The incident occurred Tuesday morning in Hamilton, Ohio, and both victims were left with severe burns while the suspect fled the house.

Cops are on the lookout for the intruder who broke into the house of resident Jayla Witt on Grand Blvd and slipped away through the side door. 20-year-old Witt called 911 at around 7:50 a.m. to report the attack on her and her 16-month-old son, Tobias, according to WLWT.

As Jayla pleaded for help, she told the 911 dispatcher that she couldn't describe the person who attacked them as she was asleep when the attacker struck, and they ran out through the side door before she could get a good look at them.

Cops believe it was either hot grease or oil that was poured over them, according to KWCH.

“Somebody came in and threw grease, hot grease on her, and it was hot enough to singe her hair," Jayla’s father, James Witt, said.

The mother and son were transported to a Dayton hospital after being “burned badly,” according to Hamilton Police Sgt. Richard Burkhardt. While the woman suffered severe burns on her face and head, the toddler was left with burns on his arm and down the side of his body, the family said.

"You don't do that to a baby and to a woman asleep in bed," James said.

The family believes someone close to the victims carried out the premeditated attack; investigators, too, suspect that it was a targeted attack.

“She is sleeping in her bed; Next thing you know, somebody is pouring some hot liquid on her, which we believe to be either grease or oil,” said Burkhardt.

It also seemed like the intruder did not steal anything from the house before escaping, Burkhardt revealed. The officer noted that he had never before seen such an intrusion in his career.

“After 22 years, I don’t think I’ve ever been on a call where somebody intentionally burned somebody with something like that,” he said. “It’s usually a ball bat, a gun, a knife. To use something like that as a weapon, I’ve never heard of it.”

Representative image Credit: Pixabay