A St Andrew woman who was doused with a chemical substance by her estranged lover while asleep, nearly three weeks ago, has died.
Thirty year-old Teri Ann Morris, who was a cashier at the Megamart Food store, died of her injuries in the Kingston Public Hospital on Wednesday. Ms Morris' eight-year-old daughter, who was also injured in the attack, remains hospitalised.
Richard Salmon, 39, who is accused of carrying out the acid attack, remains behind bars. Mr Salmon was remanded when he appeared before the St Andrew Parish Court on a charge of wounding on Tuesday. However, head of the St Andrew South Police Division, Superintendent Arthur Brown said Mr Salmon will now be charged with murder.
It's reported that on September 21, Ms Morris was at her home in Greenwich Farm, St Andrew, asleep with her little girl, when Mr Salmon allegedly entered the dwelling and threw a chemical substance on her, causing severe burns to her entire body.
The little girl, who is Mr Salmon's daughter, was also injured when the chemical substance splashed on her. She is also in serious condition. Mr Salmon, a resident of Seaview Gardens, was captured in St Elizabeth a few days later. He is scheduled to return to court on October 17.
Investigators alleged that Mr Salmon carried out the attack after Ms Morris decided to end their relationship.