Splashed hot oil on family, started fire
A man with apparent mental problems splashed relatives with sizzling oil Friday, burning his 2-month-old grandson and sparking a fire in the family’s Bronx apartment, sources said.
Ricardo McDonald, 41, got into an argument with his daughter, 19, and 18son, 18, shortly after 10:30 a.m., and began flicking them with with hot oil from a cooking pan, the sources said.
The daughter was in the family’s living room holding her 2-month-old boy, who was also burned, the sources said.
He then allegedly ran to a back room of the home on E. 236th St. in Wakefield and spilled oil on other two women, ages 60 and 87, sources said.
Everyone tried to flee the fifth-floor apartment but were trapped by a fire sparked when McDonald tossed some hot oil on a couch, said authorities.
The victims were taken to Montefiore Medical Center, along with a firefighter who suffered a minor injury.
McDonald faces multiple counts of attempted murder, assault and arson. He is being held for psychiatric evaluation, cops said.