Police: Man douses girlfriend, baby with lighter fluid
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts man doused his girlfriend and their 1-year-old baby with lighter fluid and threatened to light them on fire.
A judge ordered 37-year-old William Connatser, of Lawrence, held without bail Monday. Prosecutors say he has been charged with assault to murder, reckless endangerment of a child and mayhem among other offenses.
Police say Connatser left a pre-release program home to go to a nearby supermarket Saturday. He met his girlfriend there, and police say the two began to argue inside a vehicle.
Authorities say he then poured the liquid on the woman and baby, telling the woman to drive away.
The woman and a bystander were able to get the attention of a nearby officer who arrested Connatser.
It is unclear if Connatser has a lawyer.