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St. Petersburg woman accused of pouring boiling soup onto boyfriend's face

Misty Childs, 41, is accused of pouring a pot of boiling soup on her boyfriend. [Photo courtesy St. Petersburg Police Department]
Published Aug. 1, 2016

ST. PETERSBURG — Police were searching for a woman accused of pouring a pot of boiling soup on her boyfriend, causing severe burns that left him in critical condition.

Misty Childs, 41, faces a charge of attempted murder. Shortly after midnight Sunday, St. Petersburg police said, she argued with Lavont Moss, 46, in a halfway house for drug users at 1123 13th Ave S. The two share a bedroom there.

Moss went to bed, according to investigators, and Childs retrieved the pot of soup. She poured it onto Moss' face and chest and left the house, officers said.

Moss was listed in critical condition at a local hospital.

"We're still looking for her," police spokesman Rick Shaw said Monday. He said she was already wanted on an arrest warrant for a misdemeanor charge of petty theft. Police believe that Childs may be in St. Petersburg or Clearwater.

Police, however, do not yet know what the two were arguing about.

"He was unable to speak due to the scalding liquid being poured onto him," Shaw said.

Anyone with information about Childs' whereabouts is asked to call the department's non-emergency line (727) 893-7780 or text "SPPD" and their tip to 847411 (tip411).

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