Man and woman back together after genitals set on fire
Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10:15 p.m.
A week ago, a man was in tremendous pain when his girlfriend allegedly set his genitals on fire after pouring gasoline on him.
Days after what seemed like a terrible ordeal, the 42-year-old man has been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery and says the episode was all a misunderstanding.
"It was an accident," Andrew Williams said in a telephone interview with the Ocala Star-Banner on Saturday afternoon. He added that his girlfriend "didn't know it was going to happen."
Since his release, Williams' sister, Alice Pierson, and her mother, Helen Colding, told the paper they've not seen or heard from their loved one since Wednesday.
In fact, both mother and daughter said after his surgery, they had plans to pick him up from Shands at the University of Florida on Thursday. But Pierson said when she called the hospital, an official told her they had nobody by that name in their system.
After going back and forth with the official, Pierson said she hung up. Unable to locate her brother, Pierson said she heard her brother's girlfriend, 29-year-old Victoria Bynes, who was arrested by deputies for aggravated battery for allegedly setting her boyfriend's genitals on fire, had picked him up from the hospital and that he was staying with her.
"We heard he was staying with her. I know my brother is a grown man and can make his own decision, but at least call us," Pierson said.
Reached by phone, Colding said she has not seen or heard from her son.
Williams told the Star-Banner that Bynes "came and got me," and he assured the paper that "no charges will be filed," something his sister feared would happen.
"We've been together for a long time," Williams said of his relationship with Bynes.
Williams said his family had visited him in the hospital and claimed nobody told him "nothing" about the fire.
Asked if he and Bynes had been arguing before the incident took place, Williams said "no." Asked if she had gasoline in a bottle, Williams terminated the interview, saying he had to go.
"It's very sad," said Pierson. "It hurts me because it hurts my mother. Yes, he's grown, and he can do whatever he wants, but it hurts my mother and when that happens, it hurts me." Pierson said their mother is sickly and that she worries about her children.
Bynes could not be reached for comment.
Colding said her son and Bynes do not have any children and that Bynes has treated her "good" during Bynes' relationship with Williams. She said she was at home when Bynes came there and asked to speak to her son.
After being told he was not there, she said Bynes told her that Williams had "some explaining to do." She said Bynes left, saying she was going to "do her niece's hair."
Colding said Bynes has called and apologized.
"She said she was sorry," said Colding, adding that she has forgiven Bynes.
Even though she has forgiven Bynes, she said, "I can't be around her now. She hurt my whole family."
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