Report: Mom douses daughter in gasoline, flicks lighter for bad grade


A 44-year-old mother is accused of dousing her teen daughter in gasoline and threatening to light her on fire because of what the victim said was a bad test grade.

Seattlepi.com reports that the woman also reportedly struck the 14-year-old girl with a tire jack and whipped her with a phone charger cord before the teen ran away to seek help from neighbors.

Lisa Kyles was charged Nov. 16 with attempted first-degree assault and felony harassment, both with domestic violence qualifiers. She pleaded not guilty Tuesday in King County Superior Court.

Detective Richard Kim says Federal Way police were called to an apartment complex Nov. 10 on reports that a mother threatened to light her daughter on fire with gasoline before taking off in a van.

The woman then allegedly flicked a lighter near the girl's clothing.

Seattlepi.com obtained the report from Kim. The girl reportedly ran toward two women in the parking lot, yelling, "Help me, she's trying to set me on fire!" and, "She's gonna kill me!" according to Kim's report.

A witness reportedly stowed the girl away in her apartment while they waited for police to arrive.

One of the witnesses told police she confronted Kyles about pouring gasoline on the girl, but Kyles threatened to set the witness and her apartment on fire and said, "It's my daughter and I can do as I please!"

The girl was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment before Child Protective Services took custody of her.

 Kyles is held in King County Jail on $150,000 bail.


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