A young Atlanta couple are recovering after a man severely burned them by throwing boiling water on them while they were in bed sleeping, WSB-TV reports.
Blackwell, 48, is currently being held at Fulton County Jail; he is charged with two counts of aggravated battery.
Tolbert, 21, and his boyfriend, Anthony Gooden, were seriously injured last month when Gooden’s mother’s boyfriend walked in on them sleeping in Gooden’s apartment and poured the scalding water on them.
“Get out of my house with all that gay,” the mother’s boyfriend, Martin Blackwell, reportedly told the couple, who woke up screaming.
“I can barely think straight because the burning, the stinging, is everywhere,” Tolbert said.
Tolbert, who has second- and third-degree burns, reportedly had to spend 10 days in the hospital undergoing surgery to take skin from his thigh to replace skin on his back. Gooden was released from the hospital Friday.
Tolbert believes that the act was one of hate.
“Why else would you pour boiling-hot water on somebody?” he said.
And, according to the news station, even though Blackwell told the young couple that he did not want them in his house, Blackwell does not even live in the apartment. The apartment belongs to Gooden and his mother, but Blackwell visits frequently. Blackwell, who, according to police, said that he was disgusted by the men’s relationship, reportedly told police after the incident, “They’ll be all right. It was just a little hot water on them.”