October 31, 2008
David Neyhart / Matthew Klein - Two College Students Arrested On Charges Of “Seriously Disfiguring” Girl With Toxic Chemical
Athens, Georgia (The Weekly Vice) -- Two college students have been arrested on felony aggravated battery charges after "seriously disfiguring" a 20-year-old girl with chemical burns while she slept.
David Neyhart, a 19-year-old student at the University Of Georgia and Matthew Klein, a 20-year-old student at Gainesville College are accused of putting silver nitrate on a female UGA student's body - seriously disfiguring her and causing second-degree burns.
According to investigators, the incident happened on October 15 at an off-campus residence where the woman was reportedly staying as a guest.
"It appears they took silver nitrate and used it to write on her body. They wrote a term on her back and did other drawings, somehow made with marks all over her body that caused second-degree burns," said UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson.
The attackers allegedly caused the injury in a "malicious" way, resulting in scarring to her arms, chest and back," according to the arrest affidavit.
Authorities said the victim knew one of the attackers, but did not identify which one. Nor did they elaborate on what the motive was.
"There was some hesitation on her part to pursue this criminally," said Williamson. "We felt the injuries were to a point where we could proceed without her consent."
Matthiew Klein was charged with aggravated battery and reckless conduct. He turned himself into Clarke County Jail on Sunday before being released on a $5,600 bond.
David Neyhart was charged with aggravated battery, reckless conduct and possession of a dangerous drug or chemical. He turned himself in on Monday and was released the same day on a $6,600 bond.
Here is more on Silver Nitrate, note the SAFETY section at the bottom of the linked paged
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
So the girl has chemical burns all over her body, likely causing permanent scarring, according to a medical exam, yet she hesitates to cooperate with police?
I'm not sure how you sleep through chemical burns all over your back, front and arms - and then be too fainthearted to even see the bastard prosecuted for disfiguring you... but I have to ask where this girl's parents are. It's obvious that someone needs to intervene in this mess.
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Posted by Danny Vice at 11:11:00 PM