Chemical Attack Hospitalizes Four

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 9:51 PM CDT
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An argument between four people outside a Ford Heights home ended with all of them hospitalized after one of them threw a "chemical substance" on the others, Cook County Sheriff's officials said.

Witnesses told police that four people, who knew each other, were in the front yard of the home in the 1300 block of Kennedy Street at about 3 p.m. Wednesday when they began arguing.  One of them, a female, left the area but came back with a "caustic substance," and threw it on the other three people.

The victims, 18-, 25- and 41-year-old females, had burns to their face, arms and chest.

The 17-year-old female who witnesses said attacked the others had burns to her eyes, hands and arms, department spokesman Steve Patterson said.

All four were taken to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights.

The burns on the female and one of the victims were severe enough to warrant a transfer to the Loyola University Health System Burn Center for specialty care.  The other two remained at St. James.

Cook County Sheriff's Police said the investigation is ongoing and includes the questioning of an 18-year-old female, a 23-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy.  Charges against the 17-year-old female are pending.

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